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Italian prop Martin Castrogiovanni has recently discovered tumour removed from his back

Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni
Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni

Eoin Harrington

The Italian prop had a tumour discovered in his back after missing Irish World Cup game.

Martin Castrogiovanni pulled out of the Azzuri’s pool game against Ireland with what was thought to be a sciatic nerve problem – but doctors suddenly discovered a tumour on his fifth vertebrae.

The Racing Metro player had successful surgery to remove the tumour this week and he posted a photo on Facebook yesterday of himself smiling in his hospital bed with the caption: “all okay!!!”

Castrogiovanni is Italy’s most capped player of all time 115 appearances and has been their first choice tighthead prop for over a decade. The All Blacks famously referred to Castrogiovanni as a ‘nightmare’ opponent after he embarrassed New Zealand prop Wyatt Crockett with a phenomenal scrum display in 2009.

The successful surgery makes today an even happier one for Castrogiovanni, whose 34th birthday is today.

Purtroppo non si è fatta avanti nessuna infermiera sexy... Mi sono dovuto accontentare di questi 3 cessi! Ragazze siete ancora in tempo...Tutto ok!!!

Posted by Martin Castrogiovanni on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

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