Ex-Wales international Mike Phillips to retire at end of season

Mike Phillips has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.
Mike Phillips has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.
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Former Wales international Mike Phillips is all set to retire from professional rugby at the end of the ongoing season.

The scrum-half has overall played in 99 Tests including five for British and Irish Lions out of which he has started in 72 games. His debut for Wales came in 2003 and in 2013, he went on to surpass Dwayne Peel's record for most appearances made by a scrum-half for his country.

The 34-year-old was also part of the Wales squads that clinched the Grand Slam two times. He was called up to the Wales squad for the 2015 World Cup but failed to feature in any game following which he announced his retirement from international rugby.

His professional rugby debut came in 2001 for Llanelli Scarlets and later represented Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Bayonne and Racing 92 before joining Sale Sharks in 2016.

Phillips confirmed his decision in the social media platform Twitter.

"I would like to announce my retirement as a professional rugby player at the end of this season with @SaleSharksRugby.

"Thanks to the fans, teammates, club, coaches, @WelshRugbyUnion the @LionsOfficial, friends & family who have supported me over the years.

"I will attack the next chapters with the same passion, commitment and laughter as I did with my entire career. See you soon!"

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