Mike Phillips leaves Curry and Farrell out of his British & Irish Lions XV

Former Lions and Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips is the latest rugby legend to have a crack at picking his XV to face South Africa this summer.

An aggressive, powerful scrum-half, Phillips made his international debut in 2003 and went onto win 98 international caps before stepping down from Wales duty in 2015.

A double Wales Grand Slam winner, he also played in five Tests for the British & Irish Lions.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Phillips picked his XV along with his captain for the upcoming tour.

DID YOU KNOW? 6ft 3in Mike Phillips spent his late teenage years as both a blind and open side flanker before becoming a scrum-half



  • 15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
  • 14 Anthony Watson (England)
  • 11. Josh Adams (Wales)

Phillips said: “At full-back I’ve gone with Stuart Hogg as he’s been outstanding. At 14, Anthony Watson has had a couple of great games so far, then I’ve got Josh Adams on the other wing, who’s a real finisher.”


  • 13 Garry Ringrose (Ireland)
  • 12 Manu Tuilagi (England)

Phillips said: “Garry Ringrose gets the outside centre role and at 12 I’ve put in Manu Tuilagi. Obviously, he’s injured at present, but I think it’s shown when he’s not there how good a player he is and England have really struggled without him.”


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