Sunday 21 January 2018

Lion Phillips to retire

Mike Phillips of the British & Irish Lions has retired
Mike Phillips of the British & Irish Lions has retired

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby.

The current Racing 92 player appeared in 99 Tests - 94 for Wales and five for the Lions.

But the 33-year-old did not play in the recent World Cup, left out of Warren Gatland's initial squad for the tournament before being recalled as cover for the injured Rhys Webb ahead of the opening game against Uruguay.

"This is a chance for me to close a chapter of my life, playing for Wales has been a massive part of my life since I was 20 or 21, and to move on the next chapter," Phillips said.

Phillips won his first Wales cap against Romania in August 2003, scoring a try in the 54-8 victory.

Irish Independent

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