Mike Phillips rugby player
Mike Phillips rugby player

Mike Phillips

29th Aug 1982 1.91m/104kg Scrum Half

The hugely physical Phillips from Carmarthenshire has established himself as one of the World's best scrum halves.

Compared to the Welsh great Terry Holmes, Phillips has had several clubs including the Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys, Bayonne and current club Racing Metro. The scrumhalf has proven a vital cog in the Welsh wheel and has been crucial to their recent success.

The 2009 Lions tourist stands at an imposing 6 foot 3 inches and often acts as a 4th flanker. After being selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions squad, the abrasive Phillips was selected to start the first and third tests against Australia, which were both won by the tourists.

Phillips has played for many clubs during his professional career. He began with the Llenelli Scarlets in 2001 where he earned 64 caps and scored 74 points. In 2005 he signed for the Cardiff Blues where he played 48 matches and scored 40 points. In 2007 he signed for the Ospreys where he played 60 times, scoring 20 points.

He then began a life in France where he played for Bayonne for two seasons which saw him gain a further 49 caps and scored 25 points. Finally in 2013 he signed with Racing Metro and is likely to end his time with the club with a European Champions Cup final under his belt.

In May 2016, Phillips signed with Premiership side Sale Sharks and is set to join his new team for the 2016/2017 season.

He had retired from international rugby as Wales' most capped scrum-half in 2015 and carried on playing for Racing 92 in the French Top 14 and then Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership.

In April 2017, Phillips announced that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season. But that wasn't the end for Phillips, who answered an SOS call from Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac and decided to come out of retirement to provide injury cover during their two-week trip to South Africa in the PRO14.

(11.04.2017)

Career

scarlets Scarlets
Scrum Half
2002 - present
cardiff Cardiff Blues
Scrum Half
2005 - 2007
ospreys Ospreys
Scrum Half
2007 - 2011
R2fRSPlg British & Irish Lions
Scrum Half
2009 - 2013
avironbayonnais Bayonne
Scrum Half
2011 - 2013
wales Wales
Scrum Half
2003 - 2015
logo_racing2 Racing 92
Scrum Half
2013 - 2016
sale-sharks Sale Sharks
Scrum Half
2016 - 2017