Phillips retires from international rugby


Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby.

Having made his debut against Romania in 2003, the 33-year-old amassed 99 Test caps - 94 for Wales and five for the British and Irish Lions - and played a central role as Wales won the Grand Slam in 2008 and 2012.

Racing 92's Phillips was also part of the team that lifted the Six Nations title in 2013, but fell from favour last year when displaced by Ospreys number nine Rhys Webb.

Initially omitted from Warren Gatland's squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Phillips was subsequently added following an injury to Webb but never made a matchday squad, with Gareth Davies and Lloyd Williams preferred as Wales reached the quarter-finals.

"This is a chance for me to bring this chapter of my life to a close," said Phillips.

"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."