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Mike Phillips retires from Wales duty

  • Mike Phillips has retired from international rugby with immediate effect
  • The scrum-half says playing for Wales ‘meant everything to me’
  • The 33-year-old amassed 94 Test caps for Wales between 2003 and 2015, as well as five for the Lions
Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby in an interview with the BBC.

The former Scarlet and Ospreys man is Wales’s most-capped scrum-half, making 94 caps for his country while he collected a further five test appearances for the British and Irish Lions.

He was originally left out of Warren Gatland’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup, and although he was called up as injury cover, he did not make an appearance.


 


“Playing for Wales has been such a huge part of my adult life and this is a chance for me to say thank you to everyone from family and friends, the coaches and management of the Welsh Rugby Union, all of the great players that I have been fortunate enough to play with and against and of course the fantastic Welsh fans for their great support.

“It was always a dream of mine to play for Wales, it meant everything to me and it’s an amazing feeling to represent your country. For me it was a privilege.”

Phillips’ last match for Wales was the 35-21 defeat by Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match on 8 August this year although he did provide cover during the tournent following Rhys Webb’s injury.

More to follow.