Racing Metro scrum-half Mike Phillips admits that he has a fight on his hands to win back his position in Wales’ starting XV.
The 32-year-old has dropped down in the pecking order at international level with Ospreys stalwart Rhys Webb overtaking him as Wales coach Warren Gatland’s first-choice number nine.
But Phillips, who is known for his competitive nature, is giving his all in a bid to win back his place although he admits that his main battle is more with himself than Webb.
Phillips and Webb went head to head when the Ospreys and Racing Metro drew 19-19 in their Champions Cup clash at the Liberty Stadium at the weekend
“Rhys is looking sharp, isn’t he?” Phillips told the South Wales Evening Post.
“It wasn’t really a duel between us. I just try to concentrate on my game. He’s doing well, to be fair – it’s good for him.
“My duel is with myself more than anything.
“Rhys is a young player, while I’m in a totally different position.
“I have to keep myself sharp and fit. For me, the duel is to make sure I’m on song and I’m ready.”