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Ex-Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips comes out of retirement for Scarlets

Former Wales star Mike Phillips is set to come out of retirement and play for the Scarlets.

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The 35-year-old stepped down from professional rugby at the end of last season following a career that harvested 94 Wales caps and five British and Irish Lions Test match appearances.

Scrum-half Phillips played for the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Bayonne, Racing 92 and latterly Sale Sharks.

We only have one of our four contracted scrum-halves available through injury and international call-ups.

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.

He has a wealth of experience, is a proud former Scarlet and will be a great addition to our travelling squad.

– Wayne Pivac, Scarlets head coach