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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 3:12 PM ET
Categories:  Rugby  
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Gotta love a nickname from "Dumb & Dumber": "Kick his a$$, Seabass!"

Posted by: EdTheRed | September 10, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The good thing about rugby is that the time frame on the disciplinary hearings is quick. If this were baseball Emerick would probably be back in the US and Vickery in the Knockout stages before a penalty would be served. Other sports should take notice.

Posted by: DB | September 10, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The link off the sports page is screwy- goes to wapo video.

Posted by: mikem | September 10, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Good to see the rugby bit, Dan! Between your posts on beer, cheese, DC United, and now rugby, you've replaced Achenbach and his band of self-absorbed commenters as my first stop in the morning. I'll be at South Africa - England in Paris on Friday if you want a first-hand ...

CVF, the Screaming Eagles' Paris Brigade

Posted by: CVF | September 11, 2007 3:56 AM | Report abuse

amazing hit on the NZ #8.

I still think 'the chiropractor' is the best nickname.

Posted by: MOB | September 11, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Emerick's trip was a horrendous cheap shot but I'd rather see him take the beating that South Africa is going to apply. Impressive display by the Eagles, they are knocking on the world's door. They need some Youth though, those guys look like they are playing in their final world cup - just like England.

Posted by: J street | September 11, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Sale Sharks were Premiership champs in 06. Leicester Tigers are the defending champs

Posted by: Rugby Fan | September 11, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the correction rugby fan. Have you given any thought to taking a whack at writing something up?



Posted by: KJ | September 11, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Hi, my first time here, I'm from South Africa, Irish born and just love Sebatian chabal, can this get anymore complicated, he has just stolen my heart, I think behind the viking, as I call him, there is a softness, but we all like tough strong men, and he's one to be looking out for, I say and France in the final, pity SA put in the B team in the first half against Tonga, We would've had a much better score. Percy has the most single points in the world cup so far. As for Chabal, inconsistant, also looks like he does't belong on a rugby field, but hey nice buns and all!

Posted by: ad | September 23, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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