Sebastien Chabal’s caveman performance raises bar at Hong Kong Sevens

By Alex Dudley

The Hong Kong Sevens is more than simply the rugby, which in itself is enough to make it the best tournament on the HSBC World Sevens Series.

The entertainment factor is also a major factor in Hong Kong’s allure. While there were no on-field bands this year after Smash Mouth, Madness, Bjorn Again and Village People in the past years, the Queen tribute band had the 40,000 fans singing at the top of their lungs.

And probably the gem of the weekend was the appearance of former France rugby player Sebastien Chabal, who peformed a rousing rendition of The Proclaimers 500 Miles. dressed in a caveman outfit. Chabal has 62 international test caps, and last appeared for the French in 2011.

The South Stand of the stadium were beside themselves. Of course, he wasn’t alone in enjoying the atmosphere in Hong Kong; with three other cavemen dancing around, playing the guitar and standing on each others’ shoulders.

One person certainly caught off guard was sevens commentator Sean Maloney. He said: “What more could you want on a Friday morning? I’ve never seen anything like this on a rugby field. This is the best. I have seen it all now.”

The Frenchman wasn’t only in Hong Kong to sing for the fans; he was fronting the advertising campaign for Marriott Bonvoy.

The ex-Racing 92 and Sale player was known for his physical presence throughout his prestigious career. His trademark long locks and beard combined with his ferocity and size led to the nickname of l’Homme des Cavernes (the Caveman) being handed to him by the fans.

Meanwhile, there was also a performance from US award-winning megastar Gwen Stefani and a dragon display for viewers to enjoy over the action-packed weekend at the HSBC World Series in Hong Kong.