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Phillips to sue Bayonne


WALES scrum-half Mike Phillips plans to take legal action against Bayonne after confirming he has had his contract terminated by the club.

The 31-year-old intends to issue proceedings against the Top 14 side, who are yet to officially confirm his dismissal for allegedly turning up drunk to a video analysis session on October 11.

Phillips claims he learned of his dismissal from a French newspaper.

Bayonne chairman Alain Afflelou yesterday described Phillips' alleged behaviour as "treason".

In a statement, Phillips said: "I am extremely disappointed and frustrated by the decision taken by Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Club to terminate my employment.

"I was also disappointed by the fact that I officially heard about my dismissal through an interview given in a French newspaper this morning.

"As a result of discussions with my legal team in France, I have now instructed them to issue proceedings against Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Club through the French judicial system."