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Peter Stringer will have competition for his place from Mike Phillips next season

The experienced Welsh scrum-half will join the Aviva Premiership club from Racing 92.

Mike Phillips after Racing 92's recent Champions Cup semi-final victory over Leicester Tigers.
Mike Phillips after Racing 92's recent Champions Cup semi-final victory over Leicester Tigers.
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SALE SHARKS HAVE announced that veteran Welsh scrum-half Mike Phillips will join the club next season.

Phillips, capped 94 times by Wales, will move to the English side from Racing 92, who are currently in third place in France’s Top 14 and preparing for a European Champions Cup final clash with Saracens a week on Saturday.

Having previously played for Llanelli Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Ospreys and Bayonne, Phillips joined the Paris outfit in 2013 and has made 15 appearances this season.

“Mike will fit perfectly into our plans here at Sale Sharks. He is a big, powerful and very skilful player and has plenty of experience playing at the top level of the game,” said Sale Sharks head coach Steve Diamond.

The 33-year-old will provide competition for Sale’s number nine shirt to Irish scrum-half Peter Stringer, who was recently voted the club’s player of the season.

Ahead of his 39th birthday later this year, Stringer signed a one-year contract extension in February, having joined the Lancashire club from Bath last summer.

Sale, who announced the retirement of Scottish scrum-half Chris Cusiter yesterday, are in seventh place in the Aviva Premiership ahead of this weekend’s final round of fixtures.

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