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Greatest Hits – Philippe Sella


Philippe Sella was born in 1962 and actually started with rugby league before switching to rugby union.

He was one of the greatest midfield players who also was the first player to win 100 Test caps. At the end he played 111 times for France and was a try scoring machine.

His pace, power and vision was ahead off his time and he could back it up with brilliant defence as well.

His first test was in 1982 playing on the wing. With his speed came the elusive running style which left many defenders wondering.

Fitness was a big part in his success and showed his humble upbringing to work hard for what you want to achieve in life.

He was a skillful player which brought out the flair on attacking play which made him world class.

When he retired in 1994 as the world’s best all-round centre of the decade, he left a huge vacuum in les Bleus back-line – one that, arguably, the French have never managed to fill.

Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1982–1995 Agen ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–1998 Saracens 14 (10)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1982–1995 France 111 (125)


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