Sébastien Chabal, born 8 December in Valence, Drôme, is a French rugby union player. He has played number eight and lock professionally for the French team Bourgoin (1998–2004); the English team Sale Sharks (2004–2009); the French team Racing Métro 92 Paris (2009–February 2012); and the French national side. He earned his first international cap on 4 March against Scotland. He has represented France in 62 games scoring six tries; two against Italy in the Six Nations Championship; a match-winning try against England in the run-up to the Rugby World Cup; two against Namibia in the Rugby World Cup; and one against Italy in the Six Nations Championship. He is one of the most popular sportsmen in France, so much that local journalists write and talk about Chabalmania.