Rugby Union: Former Wales star Phillips to retire from rugby

Wales international and British and Irish Lion Mike Phillips will retire from rugby when the 2017-18 campaign concludes.

Former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

The Sale Sharks number nine won 94 caps for Wales and five for the British and Irish Lions, with his total of 99 placing him third for appearances by scrum-halves in Test rugby, behind Australia's George Gregan and Alessandro Troncon of Italy.

Phillips joined Sale from Racing 92 last year, having played for the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, the Ospreys and Bayonne.

"I would like to announce my retirement as a professional rugby player at the end of this season with Sale Sharks," Phillips tweeted.

"Thanks to the fans, team-mates, clubs, coaches, Wales and the Lions, friends and family who have supported me over the years.

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

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond added: "On behalf of the club and the rest of the coaches, I'd 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 his all the best in his retirement."

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