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Martin Castrogiovanni Ex Italian and Leicester Tigers Tight-head Prop


About Martin Castrogiovanni

Born in Argentina of Italian lineage, Martin Castrogiovanni has won 105 caps for the Azzurri since debuting against the All Blacks in 2002. A tight head prop known for his immense power and great scrummaging technique, Castro has represented Italy in 3 Rugby World Cups. He made an immediate impact on joining the Leicester Tigers in 2006 winning the Guinness Premiership player of the year in his debut season. He has acquired a cult following at Welford Road and in addition to being one of the best props in world rugby; Castro is one of the games great characters.


Born: October 21, 1981, Paraná, Argentina
Weight: 119 kg (18st 10lb) Height: 1.88 m (6ft 2in)
Position: Tight-head Prop
Italy: 2002–present, 105 caps, 60 points
Debut: v All Blacks, aged 21, June 8, 2002
Ghial Calvisano: 2001-06, 93 caps
Leicester Tigers: 2006-2013, 146 caps, 40 points
Toulon: 2013-present, 17 caps

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Martin Castrogiovanni: Scrum I Individual Power Position Trailer

“Don’t try to be comfortable, because in the scrum you don’t need to be comfortable.” This is not just a module for front rowers, it’s for all players in the scrum, front, middle and back row. Martin Castrogiovanni one of the most respected scrummagers in rugby takes you through his power position checklist. Sharing with you THE most effective pushing position for every individual in the scrum to generate maximum force.

Refs and Scrums

Martin Castrogiovanni explains why he thinks refs need to listen to props more.

Italy must keep Wales behind the Gain Line

Martin Castrogiovanni on why this weekend’s battle in Cardiff is going to be their toughest game of the Six Nations.

Nick Mallett would keep England honest

While all signs coming out of the RFU are pointing towards Lancaster being appointed as England manager, Martin Castrogiovanni says that Nick Mallett should not be discounted.

Castro Scrum II: Scrum Power

In this module Castro takes you through his scrum positioning techniques to produce the greatest power. Showing you how to build a stable set-up, work as a cohesive unit and how to make the greatest impact. “With the scrum it’s the small things, a small thing can change a lot.”

An interview with Martin Castrogiovanni

Castro describes his scrummaging philosophies, his rugby idols and why he wants to share his skills.