Martin Castrogiovanni had built himself up a legendary status at Welford Road; however in the space of just half a dozen minutes, he had made an outburst that tarnished his legacy as a player and made him look foolish.

The Italian prop, now playing for French Toulon, launched a bad-tempered attack on his former boss at Leicester Tigers, Richard Cockerill, after Toulon's European Champion's Cup close defeat at Leicester on Sunday by 25-21.  This was a bitter defeat as Toulon are the defending European Champions.

Castrogiovanni’s post- match attack on the Leicester players and Cockerill was in response to the accusations that he left the Midlands club in a dispute over a pay rise.  Several swear words were used by the Italian. Richard Cockerill, who himself has a history of using foul language, has questioned the reasons behind Castrogiovanni’s outburst.

Leicester Tigers, founded in 1880, have been the most successful English club of all time.

Castrogiovanni, 33, also known as “Castro”, played for Rugby Calvisano in Italy before he moved to Leicester in 2006, where he stayed till 2013. During the seven years of his career in England he was very popular with the Leicester fans. He also had an Italian restaurant in Leicester.

However, it was known that Castrogiovanni did not like to be rotated and would rather go and play somewhere else, if he was not played.  In 2013 Leicester agreed an amount in which he would be released under contract.

Toulon were interested in Castrogiovanni but apparently would not pay the fee for him.  The Italian prop claims that he paid the release fee of £100,000 from his own pocket and went to play for Toulon.

After his rant, Toulon apologised to Leicester and said they would investigate the incident; the Italian is now facing a ban due to his use of foul language, with the European authorities investigating what happened along with Delon Armitage’s alleged abuse towards his home supporters at Leicester.

Toulon are playing Leicester on Saturday, 13th December. What a game to watch!