International star was sacked after being ‘drunk all the time’

Former Bayonne president Alain Afflelou has recounted the October 2013 sacking of Mike Phillips, alleging the Wales international was ‘drunk all the time’.

“We recruited players who did not want to fight,” said Afflelou in an interview with Midi Olympique, the French bi-weekly rugby newspaper.

“We had brought in the Welsh scrum-half… and I said that we could not play with ‘pochards’ [boozers].

“The guy was drunk all the time. In the aftermath of a stinging defeat in Bayonne, he even arrived drunk at the video session the next day. Not just a little, eh. Seriously drunk. There, I said stop and I fired him.”


LIST | 5 rugby players who were infamously SACKED

RUCK takes a look at ten rugby players who have had their contracts terminated by their clubs…

1. Alafoti Fa’osiliva (Bath Rugby)

He was sacked after knocking out a 21-year-old student in an unprovoked attack in 2016. Bath terminated the flanker’s contract after he pleaded guilty. with Samoa international given a suspended prison sentence for causing actual bodily harm when he was drunk in the city’s SouthGate centre on February 6. Fa’osiliva then went onto join Worcester before hanging up his boots.

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