“Wallabies burgle Stade de France” was the clever headline on Planet Rugby’s report of last night’s test match between Australia and France (no longer available).
Australia won 18-13, thanks mainly to French kicker David Skrela consistently missing the target.While searching for video coverage of the game (no longer available), I discovered a French player who stands out for his long hair and beard; that’s Sébastien Chabal.
He reminds me of Mark Zanotti, who used to play AFL for Fitzroy and was called “the wild man of the Zambezi”. French rugby fans call Chabal “the Caveman”.
There’s a remarkable photo of him on the web (see below). I’ve got no idea of its context.
Wikipedia has a colorful description of Chabal, who apparently is somewhat quirky:
He is also famous for a number of eccentric moments in his rugby career. These include missing a tackle on an opponent and tackling the linesman instead.
Admirably, he is a member of the “Champions for Peace” club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport.
Chabal has played rugby union at the highest level for more than 10 years and has won the English Premiership with Sale, and the 2007 Six Nations Championship with France.
Sport needs colorful characters like Chabal.