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Mike Phillips to consider international retirement

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Phillips considering international retirement. (©GettyImages)
Phillips considering international retirement. (©GettyImages).

Wales and British & Irish Lions first-choice scrum-half, Mike Phillips, has admitted that he is pondering his international career following the Lions successful tour of Australia.

The 30-year-old, writing in his Mail on Sunday column, is aware that with only a year left on his contract with Bayonne, he is unlikely to be signed by clubs whilst he is still playing for Wales, and wants to end his international career on a high.

"If it is to be the last international game I play, then what a way to bow out," said Phillips.

As well as this, Phillips has been struggling with a knee injury recently, and this may come into play when making his decision on a potential international retirement.

"I'll go for a scan on my knee on Monday, and the likelihood is that I'll need a small operation to get it sorted out.

"I may need some of the bone shaving off. It has been a niggling problem all tour and I need to get it sorted."

Phillips won his first cap for Wales in 2003 against Romania, and has since gone on to become the most capped Welsh scrum-half in history.

He also starred in the Lions 2009 tour of South Africa, and was part of the 2008 and 2012 Grand Slams, as well as the 2013 Championship victory, where he played a key role in the Welsh 30-3 demolition of England.

As well as this, he was instrumental in driving Wales to the 2011 World Cup.

But his career has not been without controversy - the powerful scrum-half has been suspended by Wales in the past for off-the-field incidents.

Despite this, the farmers son from Carmarthenshire has been a staple aspect of the Welsh squad for many years now, and the prospect of his retirement would certainly not go unnoticed.

Players such as the Cardiff Blues scrum-half Lloyd Williams and and the Ospreys number nine Rhys Webb would be under pressure to live up to the high standards left behind by Phillips, should he choose to retire.

 

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