The Caveman, and the Eagles' Lineup
Funny, that could easily be a Redskins headline, right? But it isn't. Eagles boss Peter Thorburn has set his lineup for Wednesday's match in Montpellier. Pending the disciplinary hearing for Paul Emerick, it'll be the same bunch as took the field against England. Why not, right? Here it is.
1. Mike MacDonald - Leeds Tykes; 2. Owen Lentz - Maryland Exiles; 3. Chris Osentowski - Belmont Shore; 4. Alec Parker - Gentlemen of Aspen; 5. Michael Mangan - Denver Barbarians; 6. Louis Stanfill - Cal Berkeley; 7. Todd Clever - OMBAC; 8. Henry Bloomfield - Belmont Shore; 9. Chad Erskine - Undecided; 10. Michael Hercus (C) - Belmont Shore; 11. Takudzwa Ngwenya - Dallas Athletic Club; 13. Paul Emerick - Newport Gwent Dragons; 14. Salesi Sika - Bezier; 15. Christopher Wyles - Undecided.
As for the headline, French star Sebastian Chabal, just like Mike Sellers, has an incredible beard and the nickname of "Caveman." Someone should introduce them. Anyhow, longtime Bog reader and commenter KJ has written a brief primer on Chabal for the unitiated, after the jump. This was written before the disaster against Argentina, in which Chabal entered late.
The French have named their starting side for the 2007 World Cup opener, but fan and media favorite Sebastian Chabal was not named a part of the starting fifteen. In addition to bone-crushing tackles and runs
(All Blacks forward Ali Williams broke his jaw trying to tackle Chabal earlier this year), "Seabass" as Chabal is sometimes called, has drawn attention for his bushy beard and long hair which has earned him another nickname: "l'Homme des Cavernes" - the Caveman.
The Caveman's style of play has been described as "blood-and-thunder", but he has also drawn criticism for a lack of consistency. When he's not representing his country, Seabass plays #8 for the Sale Sharks, the current Guinness Premiership champions. Sale coach Kingsley Jones said, "He'll get the ball, run through six people, then walk for two minutes. We know his weaknesses but we play to his strengths."
During this year's Six Nations tournament, Chabal was a one-man wrecking crew during the first two rounds against Italy and Ireland, but disappeared during France's third match with England. French coach Bernard Laporte has even gone so far as to call the Caveman lazy, but still thinks enough of the hard man to consider playing him out of position in the second row against the best rugby teams in the world.
Despite his 29 caps and box office reputation, Chabal wasn't assured a spot on France's 30-man roster for the World Cup until after this summer's tour to New Zealand, where he caught the eye of New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu, who was impressed by his performance and praised his tough tackling.
Sebastian Chabal says that France is armed with "30 Zinedine Zidanes" and want to join their soccer playing brethren by lifting a World Cup on home soil.
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