Thomas Castaignède (France)

Thomas Castaignède (France)

Former French Rugby International

Synopsis

The smiling former French international and occasional Guardian columnist won three league titles and one European Cup. After dinner he muses on the game’s greats and what he’s learned about positive thinking and pressure management. He might also mention the post match meals, with “meat cooked the English way like the sole of a boot.”

Biography

The former French rugby union international Thomas Castaignède is regarded by many as one of the finest backs of his generation. ‘Le Petit Prince,’ as he was known, displayed extraordinary awareness on the pitch - as with his last minute drop goal against England in the Five Nations.

Thomas drifted in and out of the national team, but was given his chance in the Six Nations and duly helped France clinch the trophy. At club level he was instrumental in Toulouse achieving three successive domestic titles and the inaugural European Cup, before moving to Saracens and remaining there until his retirement.

Thomas has since worked in banking and developed a media career, both as a pundit on French and British television and as a columnist for The Guardian. After dinner he muses on the game’s greats and what he has learned about positive thinking and pressure management. He might also mention the post match meals, with “meat cooked the English way like the sole of a boot.”

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