After ending his player career, he became a coach, first at the youths level of Stade Toulousain (1989–1995). He won 4 titles (1990, 1991, 1994 and 1995), before being promoted to assistant coach at the main team (1995–1997). He won the French Championship in 1997.
Santamans was signed for Romania in 2004, where he remained until 2007. He won the Six Nations Tournament, Group B, in 2006, and qualified Romania for the 2007 Rugby World Cup finals. Romania achieved a bonus point at the 18-24 loss to Italy and a 14-10 win over Portugal.
After that, he returned to France, to become the coach of Blagnac SCR.
He did unexpectedly from a cardiovascular accident, at the funeral of his mother, aged only 48.
Robert Antonin (caretaker)
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