Mike Phillips Set To Come Out Of Retirement With PRO14 Side
Look who’s back.
Mike Phillips is set to come out of retirement to play for his former region the Scarlets. The former Lions, Wales, Racing 92, Sale and Ospreys halfback retired at the end of last season after a glittering career.
35-year-old Phillips will play for Scarlets, his first professional side, in matches in South Africa against Southern Kings on Sunday and Cheetahs on December 2nd.
Injuries and international call-ups mean the PRO12 champions only have one scrumhalf. Their first and second choices, Gareth Davies and Aled Davies, are with the Wales squad, while former Wales Under-20s player Declan Smith is out injured. That leaves Jonathan Evans as the region’s only fit scrumhalf at the moment.
“It’s just been one of those things. We looked at the nines available to us within the region, and Welsh qualified players in the Championship, but they were unable to travel due to work commitments and club commitments,” said Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac.
“We are delighted that Mike has been able to answer the call and will be joining us in South Africa. He has a wealth of experience, is a proud former Scarlet and will be a great addition to our travelling squad.”