Bernat-Salles at the 2013 Hand Star Game
|Date of birth||17 February 1970|
|Place of birth||Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||177 lb (80 kg)|
|Occupation(s)||Canal+ sports consultant
Camping site owner
|Rugby union career|
Philippe Bernat-Salles (born 17 February 1970 in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques) is a retired French Rugby Union player, usually playing as a wing. His main skill was a blinding speed, while he was also visually striking due to his unruly mop of gray hair.
Bernat-Salles went through the youth teams of Bizanos before joining AS Idron-Lee, in which first XV he debuted at the age of 16.
In 1987, while working as an apprentice electrician, Bernat-Salles joined the high-level club closest to where he lived, Pau, where he gained his first international caps and remained until 1996, at the start of the professional era, when he moved to Bordeaux-Bègles.
After one season at Bordeaux, Bernat-Salles moved back to Pau. Again after one year, he joined Biarritz, where he remained for seven seasons.
In 2005, after it had been announced that he would join the ambitious second division side Tarbes, Bernat-Salles surprised everybody by joining lowly US Capbreton in Fédérale 3 (that is, the fifth division of French rugby). In 2006-07, finally, while acting as US Capbreton's backs coach, he was a part of Tarbes's roster alongside his old Pau and France teammate Philippe Carbonneau, but ended the season having played only one first XV game and retired from active rugby.
Although he was not considered during the 1993 Five Nations Championship, he went on to win his next six caps in the following summer and autumn tours. He played only one game (against Ireland) in 1994 and two in 1995, and was not considered for that year's World Cup. Again in 1996 he was selected only once, while in 1997 he was ignored for the Five Nations but played three games in the summer tour to Romania and Australia. In 1998 he finally became a constant feature of the French XV, scoring in the process the first try ever scored at the Stade de France. He maintained his position in 1999, being selected for the World Cup where he played five games, including the historical semifinal win against New Zealand, in which he scored a try and the final against Australia.
He then played four internationals in 2000 (two in the Six Nations and two, against New Zealand, during the summer tests) and concluded his international career in 2001, when he won his last five caps. He scored a try in all 5 rounds of the 6 Nations Championship in 2001, the first and to date the only player to have done so. His final international tally is of 41 caps with 26 tries, summing up to 130 points scored.
Outside of rugby
Before starting his professional career, Philippe Bernat-Salles worked as an electrician. After his retirement, besides working for Canal+ as a consultant and sometimes commentator, he owns a camping site in Labenne-Ocean.
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