Gatland pays tribute to Phillips


Wales coach Warren Gatland has hailed the achievements of Mike Phillips after the scrum-half announced his international retirement on Tuesday.

An influential figure for much of Gatland's tenure, Phillips was part of the Wales teams that completed Six Nations Grand Slams in 2008 and 2012.

In addition to making 94 appearances for his country - more than any other Wales scrum-half - Phillips also represented the Great British and Irish Lions on five occasions, helping the team to a series win in Australia under Gatland two years ago.

"Mike has been a huge part in Wales' success and has been an integral part of the squad since making his debut 12 years ago," said Gatland.

"His passion and dedication for Wales has always shone through and he ends his international career with Six Nations titles, Grand Slams and a Lions series win to his name and that is a great honour.

"We would like to thank Mike for his service to Wales and to wish him well for the rest of his playing career."