Mike Phillips and Kelly Brown announce retirements
Ex-Wales and Scotland rugby internationals will finish careers at season's end16:43 Tuesday 11 April 2017, 16:43 11 Apr 2017
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.
I would like to announce my retirement as a professional rugby player at the end of this season with @SaleSharksRugby— Mike Phillips (@mikephillips009) April 11, 2017
I will attack the next chapters with the same passion, commitment and laughter as I did during my entire career. See you soon!— Mike Phillips (@mikephillips009) April 11, 2017
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.
I've loved every minute, but it's time to hang up the boots. pic.twitter.com/F98Mxpv3Je— Kelly Brown (@kellydrbrown) April 11, 2017
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