Wednesday 16 May 2007

Thomas Castaignede set to retire

First I hear Christian Cullen is retiring and now this. Castaignede is at least sticking around until after the world cup so at least we'll be treated to one last soiree by the diminutive Frenchman. Set to bow out in suitably dramatic circumstances after the world cup, a world cup that is being hosted in France, his home country. How typically French. It is perhaps fitting that Castaignede returns home to finish his career after an injury riddled time at Saracens in England which saw the enigmatic Frenchmen kept in the wilderness as regards national selection until recently. Before his transfer across the English channel Castaignede had enjoyed spells at Castres and Toulouse. His performances for both earned him his first cap waaaaaaay back in 1995. Now 32 Castaignede finds himself back in French plans for the world cup, his versatility should see him secure a place on the world cup squad but there's (as usual) a whole heap of talent and competition for the coveted spots on the full 22.

It'd be kinda fitting if he made it though. He's one of the nice guys of world rugby and his time as a pundit for BBC has kind of endeared him to me, go on you crazy Frenchman, I belieeeeeeeve in yooooooooou

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