Mike Phillips admits that he is considering his international playing career after helping the British and Irish Lions to an historic 2-1 series victory over Australia.

The 30-year-old is currently playing club rugby with French club Bayonne, but has just under a year remaining on his contract.

In a column with the Mail on Sunday, the Welshman admitted that clubs would be hesitant in signing him up if he wished to continue playing for Wales.

"It may well be that if I want to play on at club level, I'll have to call time on my international career... in the not too distant future," he said.

"It's something I'm going to think long and hard about and I've got some decisions to make in the next year." 

Phillips made his fifth Lions appearance during the 41-16 victory against the Wallabies on Saturday, confirming them as series winners for the first time in 16 years.

The scrum-half also appeared in all three test matches during the Lions tour of South Africa in 2009.

"If [Saturday's match] is to be the last game of international rugby that I play, then what a way to bow out.

"Added to that, Wales fought back to win the Six Nations last season. Who knows? I'm just glad it's the end of the season now and I can enjoy it."

Phillips has won 77 caps with Wales, playing a vital role in their Six Nations conquests in 2008 and 2012, as well as helping them to retaining their title in 2013.

"I won't be on the next Lions tour, but five caps and three wins? I'm happy with that."

 

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