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Ex-Wales and Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips comes out of retirement to help Scarlets

The 35-year-old has been included in a 27-man squad for the upcoming Pro14 games in South Africa.

Phillips earned 94 caps for Wales.
Phillips earned 94 caps for Wales.
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FORMER WALES SCRUM-half Mike Phillips has agreed to come out of retirement to join his former club Scarlets.

Phillips hung up his boots at the end of last season after a glittering career featuring 94 Wales caps and five British and Irish Lions Test appearances.

But the 35-year-old, who also played for Cardiff, Ospreys, Bayonne, Racing 92 and Sale, is set to make a short-term return to action with Scarlets.

Scarlets have named Phillips in a 27-man squad for their Pro14 games in South Africa against the Southern Kings on Sunday and the Cheetahs six days later.

Regular Scarlets scrum-halves Gareth Davies and Aled Davies are currently with Wales for their Tests, while the Llanelli-based region have seen Wales U20 international Declan Smith sidelined by injury.

“We only have one of our four contracted scrum-halves available through injury and international call-ups,” Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said.

“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.

“We are delighted that Mike has been able to answer the call and will be joining us in South Africa.”

- © AFP, 2017

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