Mike Phillips

Former Wales Rugby Union Player

Mike Phillips is a rugby union player who plays at scrum-half. On 16 March 2013, Phillips surpassed the record of 76 caps set by Dwayne Peel as the most capped scrum-half for Wales. Tall and powerful, unusual properties in a scrum half, he has been compared to ex-Wales international Terry Holmes.

Phillips made his first appearance for the Scarlets at the age of 20, and remained there in spite of restrictions in first-team appearances due to the performances of Dwayne Peel, until the summer of 2005.

Citing his lack of first-team appearances as the main reason, in 2005 Phillips signed for the Cardiff Blues starting most matches, partnering fellow former Welsh Under-21 player Nicky Robinson.

In February 2007, Phillips was linked with a move to the Ospreys. Having signed for the Ospreys, at first, he was the second-choice scrum-half as former All-Black Justin Marshall held the role. Following Marshall’s departure to Montpellier, Phillips had the chance to make the position his own but for a knee ligament injury, allowing the emergence of new signing Jamie Nutbrown to take the role.

On 2 December 2013, Phillips joined French club Racing Métro, linking up with fellow Wales internationals Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate. On 5 May 2016, Phillips made his debut in the Aviva Premiership with English club Sale Sharks.

His first international appearance with the Wales squad was for the 2006 Six Nations Championship, despite having a poor Autumn International where he started against New Zealand in a match that ended in a heavy defeat for Wales.

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