Lions and Wales legend comes out of retirement for his local club - Ruck

Lions and Wales legend comes out of retirement for his local club

Welsh rugby legend Mike Phillips, who won five caps for the Lions between 2009 and 2013, is back from retirement.

The 39-year-old is returning for one final game for his local club Whitland RFC later this month, according to Wales Online.

It’s actually the second time that Wales’ most-capped No.9 has come out of retirement. Three years ago he answered an SOS from the Scarlets, who suffered an injury crisis on their mini-tour of South Africa.

He’s not the only legend to come out of retirement for their local club as this list suggests.

DID YOU KNOW? His middle brother became Welsh amateur boxing champion before fighting professionally,

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#1. Ben Franks – Hendy RFC

The most recent example was when the players of Pontarddulais RFC at the weekend when they took on local rivals Hendy RFC in the WRU Plate in August 2021, as reported by Wales Online.

There, in the opposition ranks, was none other than All Blacks great Ben Franks, a man who lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in both 2011 and 2015.

(Image: Picture courtesy of Hendy RFC)

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