Phillips not giving up on Wales

Date published: August 18 2015

Veteran scrum-half Mike Phillips is still ready to play for Wales despite being released from their Rugby World Cup squad.

Phillips has won 94 caps for Wales and five for the British and Irish Lions having been on the 2009 and 2013 tours.

The 32-year-old started against Ireland in the first warm-up match two weeks ago before his omission.

Phillips revealed he respected the decision made by the Wales coaching staff but hasn't given up on playing for his country again should he be required.

"I'll always have that ambition to play rugby for Wales and if they come knocking you're always going to go and represent your country," Phillips told the BBC.

"The dream lives on, as they say. Who knows what can happen?

"There's not been much chat really. I just respect the decision. Over the last year maybe I've fallen out of favour anyway.

"Things happen and I respect them all, they're great people. There was frustration and I was annoyed, but you then realise that life goes on and I'd been there for a long time.

"I worked hard and knew it hadn't been the best international year for me.

"I knew things were coming to the end so I just worked hard and thought if I make it I do if I don't I don't. It's not the end of the world and I've got to be positive and look forward."