Scrum-halves by their nature are built to annoy the opposition and claim for penalties but mike Phillips has proven that his powers to antagonise extend beyond the playing fields.
Niall Horan became embroiled in an online Twitter spat with Welsh scrum-half Mike Phillips after Ireland's victory over the Welsh last year.
"Mike Phillips is like a child throwing his toys out of his pram," 21-year-old Horan wrote during the game. "His attitude is terrible, looks like a right arrogant idiot."
Phillips invited the 1D singer to come down to the Welsh training ground.
"Bring the rest of The Beatles with you," Phillips wrote. Thankfully, fullback Rob Kearney was on hand to offer Horan both emotional and physical support, telling the pop sensation: "I've got your back."
Kearney and Phillips had clashed during the game after the late try by Paddy Jackson. Horan swiftly thanked Kearney, saying Phillips was simply 'raging' that "Sexto beat them on his right foot!"
The Westmeath singer tweeted his delight at getting the chance to play at the Millennium Stadium yesterday and when the Wales number 9 tried to troll him over Ireland's defeat in Cardiff earlier this year... Horan was ready for him.