‘True professional’ Phillips to retire from rugby

Mike Phillips has been hailed as “a true professional” after he announced his retirement from professional rugby at the end of this season.

The former Wales scrum-half won 94 caps for his country during a 12-year international career, that also included five Test match appearances for the British & Irish Lions across two tours — South Africa in 2009 and Australia four years later.

Phillips, 34, joined his current club Sale Sharks from French side Racing 92 last summer. He previously played for the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Ospreys and Bayonne.

He called time on his Test career in December 2015, having made a final Wales appearance four months previously.

Paying tribute to Phillips, Sale rugby director Steve Diamond said: “On behalf of the club and the rest of the coaches, I would like to thank Mike for his massive contribution this season to the squad.

“He’s a great lad and a true professional, and we as a club have learnt a lot from him. We want to wish him all the best in his retirement.”

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