Hefty rugby players get stuck in hotel lift after exceeding weight limit

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Former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips and his Sale Sharks team-mates had to be rescued from a hotel lift by firemen after they exceeded the maximum weight limit.

Former Wales scrum-half has tackled some of the biggest brutes in the world game. But off the pitch, he is known as an approachable and chilled out guy. Yet the double Grand Slam winner and Wales' most capped No.9, now playing for Sale Sharks, was far from happy when he became stuck in a Bath hotel lift.

He was alongside some heavyweights of the club's pack, including fellow Welsh international Eifion Lewis-Roberts, report Wales Online.

Phillips was the main player in a video shot by South African international Brian Mujati when the Sharks were stuck last week in a hotel lift between the ground and first floors ahead of their Aviva Premiership clash with Bath at the Recreation Ground.

Players
The team were stuck in a lift in Bath

Players in lift
Phillips did not enjoy the situation

While members of the Sharks looked on it in a light-hearted manner, Phillips was clearly concerned about the predicament he found himself in and was desperate to get out.

Writing on wall

As the ordeal wore on, the confined Sharks managed to prise open the lift door to communicate with hotel staff and then the fire brigade, who were called to the scene.

Players in lift

Among those with Phillips in the lift was once-capped Welsh prop Lewis-Roberts, Mujati the 12-times capped Springboks front-rower, who was also a clubmate of the scrum-half at Racing 92, plus Samoan international centre Johnny Leota.

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A fireman came to save the day

When the fire brigade managed to make contact with the stranded Sharks, while one is after having some coffee and sandwiches hoisted into the lift, the emergency services were concerned about Phillips and called for an ambulance.

"We've had a report of a panic attack, is that serious?" asks the fireman.

"It's the Welsh guy over here, he's struggling a bit," says Mujati.

The fireman adds: "We've got an ambulance on the way, do you think he needs an ambulance?

To which Mujati replies: "No I'm hugging him, but there was talk of sandwiches."

Players in hotel

The video ends with the Sharks back on ground level, much to the relief of Phillips.

It didn't help Sale though as the Sharks went on to lose the match 30-3, though the Salford-based side may have found some extenuating circumstances for their poor showing in the west country.