French club Racing Metro have confirmed that Wales scrum half Mike Phillips has signed a two-and-a-half year deal to join the club.
Phillips, who's been capped 80 times for Wales and 11 for the British and Irish Lions, was sacked by another French club, Bayonne, in October, after allegedly turning up for a video analysis session under the influence of alcohol.
Wales scrum half Mike Phillips has signed for French Top 14 side Racing Metro following his sacking from Bayonne.
Racing have yet to confirm the length of the deal but have told ITV News that Phillips's transfer has been finalised and agreed by club Chairman Jacky Lorenzetti.
It is understood that Phillips will arrive in Paris tomorrow where he will meet up with his new team mates for the first time and could go straight into their squad to face Harlequins in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.
The former Ospreys player has spent the Autumn Internationals series in a state of flux since his dismissal from Bayonne for allegedly reporting for training under the influence of alcohol - a move which promoted him to initiate legal proceedings against his former employers.
It is unclear where this now leaves that action.
Phillips joins fellow Wales international Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate at the Paris based outfit.
Welsh international Mike Phillips says he'll sue French rugby club Bayonne for terminating his contract. He's issued a statement confirming that he's been sacked by the French Top 14 side. Earlier the club's chairman, Alain Afflelou, described the scrum-half's behaviour as "treason".
Phillips was accused last week of turning up drunk for a video analysis session with his team-mates. He apologised to Bayonne's fans on Twitter "for this situation", telling them he was wholeheartedly with the team. He's now joining the Welsh squad for the autumn internationals.
I am extremely disappointed and frustrated by the decision taken by Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Club to terminate my employment. I was also disappointed by the fact that I officially heard about my dismissal through an interview given in a French newspaper this morning.
As a result of discussions with my legal team in France I have now instructed them to issue proceedings against Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Club through the French judicial system.
I will not make any additional comments on this matter and any communication regarding the status of my claims will be made through them.
I wish to thank my team mates and the many friends I have made in the Basque Country for their help and kindness over the past two seasons.
I will now wholeheartedly concentrate all my energy and efforts on training with Wales and try to earn a place in the match day squad to help Wales have a successful Autumn campaign against South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Tonga.
French Club Bayonne have dismissed reports that Welsh scrum half Mike Phillips has been sacked. On their website they say no decison has been made on the future of the Wales star. There had been conflicting reports from French media saying he had been dismissed with others saying he was suspended.
But local journalists in France say any suspension is just a step before a contract termination.
Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips says Wales 'can bounce back' from consecutive defeats at the start of the autumn international series, and that Saturday's game against the All Blacks will give them a chance 'to put some pride back in the jersey'.
Wales lost 26-19 to Samoa on Friday night, after a 26-12 reverse to Argentina last weekend. Neither side has been on the top table of the global game, and they were thought to be winnable ties, before the tougher challenges of southern hemisphere giants New Zealand and Australia to come.
Rob Howley, the caretaker coach, has attracted criticism, as Wales have lost all five games since he took charge for the tour to Australia in the summer. Phillips, though, insists the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of those on the pitch. "It's the players that have to stand up", he says.
We are obviously devastated. It was really poor (against Samoa) and we just weren't good enough. We have had a lot of injuries, which has been unfortunate, but we can't look for excuses. These things make you stronger and we have to be positive and learn from this. We can bounce back.We have a great management team. All the players respect them and want to play well for them and the public. It's disappointing that we have let a lot of people down. Next Saturday is a chance to put some pride back in the jersey, and we have to do that. We have to show people that we are proud of the jersey.