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PSA Academies Coaches Q&A – Philippe Saint-André (Tignes)

By June 10, 2019June 20th, 2019No Comments

Once again in 2019, the players attending the PSA Rugby Academy Tignes are lucky to have a rugby legend in PSA Academies Chairman and Co-Founder Philippe Saint-André to learn from.  Hands on and directly involved throughout the three weeks of the Academy, Philippe brings one of the most impressive playing and coaching CVs in European Rugby to the programme.

Read more about Philippe’s career in his profile Q&A below plus see the full PSA Rugby Academy Tignes coaching team line up here

Question/Area Answer
Full Name Philippe Saint-André
Clubs as Player US Romanaise, AS Montferrand, Gloucester
Playing Honours CLUB

Top14 Championship final 1993-94 (ASM)


France – 69 caps, 34 as captain, 32 tries

Captain of last winning test team in NZ

Captain of 1995 RWC squad

Current Coaching Position(s) PSA Academies
Coaching Honours Teams – Gloucester, CS Bourgoin-Jallieu, Sale Sharks, Toulon, France, Cameroon



2005 European Challenge Cup Winners (Sale Sharks)

2006 English Premiership Champions (Sales Sharks)

2006 Premiership Coach of the Year

2010 European Challenge Cup Finalists (Toulon)

Coaching Speciality Backs, Attack Continuity
Coaching Pet Hates Players not getting involved in the game
Most Likely To Say When Coaching Joeur (Play)
Least Likely To Say When Coaching Nothing
Best Player You Played With? Philippe Sella
Best Player You’ve Coached? Too many across too many different positions – Jason Robinson, Sonny Bill Williams, Jonny Wilkinson, Sebastian Chabal, Wesley Fofana, Richard Wigglesworth etc.
Which C.A.R.D.S. feature is Most Important for A Young Player? (Creativity, Awareness, Resilience, Decision Making, Self Organisation)? Resilience
Favourite Physical Exercise? Hiking, Tennis
Most Looking Forward To At The PSA Rugby Academy? Working with ambitious players and coaches from more than 12 countries
Dream Coaching Job? All Blacks Head Coach
Best Rugby Experience To Date? The 5 years coaching Sale Sharks
Favourite Current Player? Kieron Read
Favourite Rugby Ground? Twickenham or the old Parc des Princes
Favourite Pro Rugby Jersey? France National Jersey
Favourite Rugby Podcast/Programme? My own show on RMC Sport!
Who Wins the 2019 RWC? New Zealand