The quiet life keeps Seabass at Sale
Rugby star Sébastien 'Seabass' Chabal has revealed that one of the main reasons for his decision to sign a new two year contract with Sale Sharks is because of the peace and quiet he can enjoy in Manchester.
The Frenchman, who turned down lucrative offers from clubs back in his home country to sign a new deal with Sale, told BBC North West Tonight’s Richard Askam that he is "quite happy in England" for both professional and private reasons.
"I’m really happy to sign a new contract here. Philippe [Saint-André, the Sale director of rugby] wanted to keep me and I wanted to stay here, so it wasn’t difficult to find an agreement.
"My life is quiet, I can focus on my rugby and then spend a lot of time with my family, and that’s most important for me. It was a big reason for me to stay here. I know that if I go back to France, my private life would be a bit difficult."
Dealing with the caveman
In France, Chabal is a major celebrity. He has several nicknames – he’s both the Caveman and the Anaesthetist - and has his own puppet on the French version of Spitting Image. While he is happy to enjoy the adulation on the field, it is a different story off it.
French fans show their love of 'Le Caveman'
"I like it but sometimes it is quite difficult to manage. When it’s on the rugby pitch, that’s okay, I can understand that, but sometimes, in my private life, it’s a bit difficult. When I am with my wife and my kid, I don’t want everyone to come and disturb us."
Still getting better
The unmistakable number eight was Philippe Saint-André’s first signing for Sale back in 2004.
He has been central to the team’s success since, playing a major part in their Premiership title in 2006, and has no doubt that the Sharks can be even better in the future.
Seabass in action for Sale
"Here, we can be successful in the future. I know the coach, I know the team and I know we have the quality to win something."
"The team have a lot of ambition for the next two or three years - Philippe wants to be European champion and win the league again, so that’s good to know.”
"I think we are better now than we were three years ago. Three years ago, we were quite good - we won the European challenge and the year after, we won the league.
"But I think the team gets better and better. We have played together for a long time, so now it’s easier to play together."
last updated: 19/12/2007 at 12:28