France pick weakened squad for Aus tour

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 10 Jun 2008 at 08:47
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French coach Marc Livremont has announced a rag-tag 26-man squad for his side’s tour of Australia.

The non-availability of players involved in the semi-finals of the French domestic league have severely limited the options available to the coach and the squad contains 12 newcomers to test rugby. Loose forward Sebastian Chabal has been recalled after missing out on selection for the 6 Nations, after an average World Cup campaign.

The French are hoping that the youngsters blooded on this tour will form the backbone of their assault on the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. Assistant coach Emile Ntamack told Rugbyheaven that “All these new players will have nothing to lose. We are going to Australia to win but whatever the results there will be no lynching”.

The coach’s younger brother, Mathieu Livremont, will captain the side. Who said nepotism was dead in the professional era?

French Squad:

Forwards: Sebastien Bruno, Benjamin Kayser, Lionel Faure, Pierre Correia, Benoit Lecouls, Renaud Boyoud, Lionel Nallet (captain), David Couzinet, Sebastien Chabal, Louis Picamoles, Imanol Harinordoquy, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Mathieu Lievremont, Yannick Caballero.

Backs: Dimitri Yachvili, Sebastien Tillous-Bordes, Francois Trinh-Duc, Benjamin Boyet, Damien Traille, Thibault Lacroix, Maxime Mermoz, Benjamin Thiery, Jean-Baptiste Peyras, Alexis Palisson, David Janin, Pepito Elhorga.


  • Who is Benjamin Kayser??? 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.06.08 10:57:58 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
  • @wpw aka The Tank (Comment 1) : Deon’s cousin

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.06.08 10:59:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well then in that case i don’t like him.

    No one, and i mean NO ONE disrespects ‘THE LEGEND’ Robbie Fleck like Deon Kayser did. 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.06.08 11:03:21 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
  • Name Benjamin Kayser
    Age 23
    Club Leicester Tigers
    Position Hooker
    Born Paris,France
    Height 1.83m

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.06.08 11:05:11 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
  • @wpw aka The Tank (Comment 3) : The legend disrespected himself that day. Kayser was just the messenger

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.06.08 11:07:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • I know Rob.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.06.08 11:10:12 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
  • Who cares if the other players are weak – Chabal is there….he has just got to eat Donut Dunning for lunch and the rest of the Aussie will be heading for the hills faster then you can say dingo….

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.06.08 11:22:22 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Chabal is overrated…

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.06.08 11:28:53 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
  • @wpw aka The Tank (Comment 8) :

    I would like to see you tell that to him face to face……. ;)….Chabal is a true legend, not that guy that was tackled by Deon Kayser.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.06.08 11:40:10 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Born a bastard child to a french prostitue and a Lithuanian door knob salesmen, Chabel quickly realised that neither of the family business’s were his cup of tea.

    Early years were spent spear hunting small game in the mountains next to his village, in which on one particularly cloudy day a large storm hit and Chabel was forced to hide in a cave until the storm passed. 3 days later the storm was still strong and Chabel was forced to eat the raw meat of the goat he had caught days early; once he had the taste of the goats blood, he was addicted, and knew he could no longer go back to civilisation. By age 11, Chabel sported a bushy beard and hair to his hips, he became known to the villagers as “the mountain creature”.

    Hearing of this, the coach of the La’chapellea Vikings captured Chabel in hopes of using him as the team mascot. It was quickly realised that Chabels talents could be put to better use, and Chabel was capped in his first match. And well, the rest is history ……………

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.06.08 11:51:09 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @wpw aka The Tank (Comment 8) : I think Chabal is what we thought Epi was.

    How wrong we were. 😥

    When I grow up I wanna be like Chabal…

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.06.08 11:51:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • Most people fear the Grim Reaper. Chabal considers him “a promising Talent”

    Some people ask for a Kleenex when they sneeze, Sebastien Chabal asks for a body bag.

    In a fight between superman and the spiderman, Chabal won.

    When Bruce Banner gets mad, he turns into the Hulk. When the Hulk gets mad, he turns into Sebastien Chabal.

    Before each French match Sebastien Chabal is injected with fourteen times the lethal dose of rhino tranquilzer. This is, of course, to limit his strength and mobility, in an attempt to lower the fatality rate of the other players.

    Chabal actually started his sporting career in american football but the NFL couldn’t make padding thick enough to protect the others so he had to come play a proper sport.

    Seb Chabal is so hard that he once coughed up a diamond.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.06.08 12:01:55 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • What’s the point of these tours? Really.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.06.08 14:09:20 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : love your new pic 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.06.08 14:21:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 13) :

    Get the Aussies ready to win the 3N and fill their coffers…

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.06.08 14:30:59 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 15) :

    Jeez Racheltjie… didn’t even notice it was you until I saw your name above… feeling a bit sombre these days?

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.06.08 14:32:33 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 15) :

    You believing that the Aussie media the same way the Bok management does the Cape one?

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.06.08 14:34:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 17) :

    Nope I watched the Wallabies play this S14 season…

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.06.08 14:43:17 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :
    Yeah, much better than mine 🙁

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.06.08 14:44:28 by Bok-El Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 18) :

    …..fair dinkum mate 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.06.08 14:45:47 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Bok-El (Comment 19) : who is that in yours? Can’t actually see

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.06.08 14:51:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 20) : lol… Cape Press didn’t watch any non Stormer’s games…

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.06.08 15:00:49 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :
    Supposed to be JS. Try this one…

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.06.08 15:03:45 by Bok-El Reply

  • @Bok-El (Comment 23) : ekke ek laiik hom kwaai

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.06.08 15:10:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Eh..I am going to refrain from complaining too much since Top 14 isn’t over yet so his selection was somewhat limited which is why we are seeing a heavy selection from France’s not so top teams.

    Also some of the bigger names have either played for just about a year straight (JBE et Jauzion) or out due to injury (Clerc, Poitrenaud et Heymans). However I am completely thrilled for Max’s inclusion in the squad, he’s definitely a player I’ve got my eye on for future greatness. I am very excited for Toulouse’s season next year when Fred is back because I think Max and Fred could be as devasting as Fred & Clément or Fred & Vincent.

    AVANTS – Forwards (14)
    Renaud BOYOUD (US Dax)
    Pierre CORREIA (SC Albi)
    Lionel FAURE (Sale RFC)
    Benoit LECOULS (Biarritz Olympique)
    Sébastien BRUNO (Sale RFC)
    Benjamin KAYSER (Leicester RFC)
    Sébastien CHABAL (Sale RFC) – Solid Player..Scary as Sh*t definitely good to see him back for Les Bleus
    David COUZINET (Biarritz Olympique)
    Lionel NALLET (Castres Olympique) (Capitaine)
    Imanol HARINORDOQUY (Biarritz Olympique)
    Louis PICAMOLES (RC Montpellier)
    Yannick CABALLERO (US Montauban)
    Matthieu LIEVREMONT (US Dax)
    Fulgence OUEDRAOGO (RC Montpellier)

    ARRIERES – Backs (12)
    Sébastien TILLOUS-BORDES (Castres Olympique)
    Dimitri YACHVILI (Biarritz Olympique)
    Benjamin BOYET (CS Bourgoin Jallieu)
    François TRINH-DUC (RC Montpellier)
    Thibault LACROIX (SC Albi)
    Maxime MERMOZ (Stade toulousain) – 🙂
    Damien TRAILLE (Biarritz Olympique)
    David JANIN (CS Bourgoin Jallieu)
    Alexis PALISSSON (CA Brive Corrèze)
    Jean-Baptiste PEYRAS (Aviron Bayonnais)
    Benjamin THIERY (Biarritz Olympique)
    Pepito ELHORGA (Aviron Bayonnais)

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.06.08 15:48:07 by Milissa Reply

  • @Milissa (Comment 25) : thanks Miliss.

    BTW, your squad contained 28 players 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.06.08 16:08:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m going to blame the heat for my poor mathematical abilities yesterday as well as the forgetfulness to cross check.

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.06.08 16:42:30 by Milissa Reply

  • @Milissa (Comment 27) : I am busy writing a cunning Java application to load the teams into the database. Your team gave me a good opportunity to test my logic 😉

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.06.08 16:44:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen: well that is a plus.

    I don’t miss writing Java at all. I’m still not entirely sure why I spent 2 years getting a business programming certificate if I really have no interest in using it.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.06.08 16:49:19 by Milissa Reply

  • @Milissa (Comment 29) : I am butting heads with it right now 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.06.08 17:12:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob….seems you and I have caught up with KSA…

    Few weeks back we could not even match his numbers collectively…

    Now I see we are well ahead…

    Don’t think I had much to do with that though…I have actually slowed down in posting….

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.06.08 17:27:43 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 31) : he has actually been working for a change 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.06.08 17:28:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : LoL

    But we put 1000 over him…or shall I say you did with slight help from me…LoL

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.06.08 17:33:11 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Dive Pass (Comment 9) :

    Ha-Ha…liked that…

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.06.08 17:34:26 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 33) : woohoo!

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.06.08 17:37:04 by robdylan Reply
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