Wales’ most capped scrum-half, Mike Phillips, has retired from international rugby. Across a glittered career, the 33 year-old earned 99 caps, five for the Lions, and 2008, 2012 and 2013.
“This is a chance for me to bring this chapter of my life to a close,” said Phillips in a statement to the BBC.
“Playing for Wales has been such a huge part of my adult life and this is a chance for me to say thank you to everyone from family and friends, the coaches and management of the Welsh Rugby Union, all of the great players that I have been fortunate enough to play with and against and of course the fantastic Welsh fans for their great support.
“It was always a dream of mine to play for Wales, it meant everything to me and it’s an amazing feeling to represent your country. For me it was a privilege.”
It is thought that Phillips pioneered a new breed of scrum-half in the Northern Hemisphere. The Racing Metro player stands at 6 foot and 104kg. He paved the way for the likes of Conor Murray, and his impression on the game is sure to last.
He played his last game for Wales in August’s warm-up tie with Ireland, but was well and truly down the pecking order at the tournament, with Rhys Webb and Gareth Davies selected ahead of him.
He became one of Warren Gatland’s go-to players when the Kiwi took over in 2007, and was at the heart of every success they achieved in the period.
He will go down as one of the great Welsh players of the professional era, and will be missed.