Monday 19 August 2019

Mike Phillips set to come out of retirement to play for Scarlets

6 July 2013; Mike Phillips, British & Irish Lions. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, 3rd Test, Australia v British & Irish Lions. ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
6 July 2013; Mike Phillips, British & Irish Lions. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, 3rd Test, Australia v British & Irish Lions. ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Andrew Baldock

Former Wales star Mike Phillips is set to come out of retirement and play for the Scarlets.

The 35-year-old stepped down from professional rugby at the end of last season following a career that harvested 94 Wales caps and five British and Irish Lions Test match appearances.

Scrum-half Phillips played for the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Bayonne, Racing 92 and latterly Sale Sharks.

And the Scarlets have now announced him in a 27-man squad for their Guinness PRO14 games in South Africa against the Southern Kings on Sunday, and then the Cheetahs six days later.

Regular Scarlets scrum-halves Gareth Davies and Aled Davies are currently with Wales for the autumn Tests, while the Llanelli-based region have seen Wales Under-20 international Declan Smith sidelined by injury.

"We only have one of our four contracted scrum-halves available through injury and international call-ups," Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said.

"We looked at the nines available to us within the region, and Welsh-qualified players in the Championship, but they were unable to travel due to work commitments and club commitments.

"We are delighted that Mike has been able to answer the call and will be joining us in South Africa.

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"He has a wealth of experience, is a proud former Scarlet and will be a great addition to our travelling squad."

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