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Former Wales and Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips to retire at the end of the season

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Mike Phillips of the Lions clears the ball during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Mike Phillips of the Lions clears the ball during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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Former Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

A double Wales Grand Slam winner, Phillips, who currently plays for Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership, earned 94 caps for his country and played in five Tests for the Lions.

Phillips, 34, began his career at Llanelli before moving on to Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys.

In 2011 he moved to France where he played for Bayonne and Racing 92 before moving back to the domestic game with Sale.

Phillips made the announcement in a series of messages on his official Twitter account, @mikephillips009.

Phillips wrote: "I would like to announce my retirement as a professional rugby player at the end of this season with @SaleSharksRugby.

"Thanks to the fans, teammates, club, coaches, @WelshRugbyUnion the @LionsOfficial, friends & family who have supported me over the years.

"I will attack the next chapters with the same passion, commitment and laughter as I did with my entire career. See you soon!"

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