Phillips wants starting role back

Date published: November 11 2014

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Mike Phillips hasn’t given up on a Wales starting berth despite losing his spot to Rhys Webb so far this November.

Mike Phillips hasn’t given up on a Wales starting berth despite losing his spot to Rhys Webb so far this November.

The Ospreys scrum-half got the nod against Australia on Saturday, and made a great start with a sniping try early in the game.

He added a sense of urgency, but Webb was also responsible for the unnecessary wide pass that Israel Folau picked off to score his second try.

Phillips came on in the second half but despite Webb’s promising display, he’s desperate to be first choice again.

“I have been fortunate to start a lot for Wales in recent years,” he said.

“Rhys deserved his last chance last week. I thought he played well and he took his try very well.

“I am a competitor — I think people know that. I am a proud man and we all want to play for Wales. It’s a great thing to have competition in the squad.

“The competition is healthy, and I am enjoying it. You keep driving yourself forward and keep pushing yourself.

“I will always have that competitive streak. It is a big part of my make-up, and it is why I am here, really.

“The World Cup is all of the players’ goals – we all want to be there. It is a massive year of rugby in the lead-up, and we have got to play well every time we have the opportunity for Wales.”

Wales host Fiji this week before clashes with New Zealand and South Africa to finish their November series.

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