Mike Phillips and Kelly Brown announce retirements

Ex-Wales and Scotland rugby internationals will finish careers at season's end

BY Raf Diallo 16:43 Tuesday 11 April 2017, 16:43 11 Apr 2017

Ireland's Paddy Jackson with Mike Phillips of Wales ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Former Wales and Lions scrum half Mike Phillips says he will retire from rugby union at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old won two Grand Slams with his country in 2008 and 2012, winning three Six Nations titles in total.

The Sale player earned 99 caps including five Lions appearances.

He has tweeted to thank his fans, teammates, clubs and coaches, as well as his friends and family. 

 

 

Meanwhile, former Scotland captain Kelly Brown has also announced that he will retire from rugby union at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old Saracens flanker will stay on at the Premiership club to coach in their academy.

Brown made 64 appearances for his country - playing in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.

He described skippering the Scottish national side as an "honour" that he will "always cherish".

"I've been lucky to have been able to live my dream for 13 years and now I'm privileged to be able to help others do the same," he said. 

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