The majority of Phillips' career has been spent in Peel's shadow, initially at the Llanelli Scarlets and latterly with Wales.
His frustration peaked in the build-up to the World Cup, when previous coach Gareth Jenkins told him he was only in the squad as Peel's back-up.
Even when Phillips played against Japan it was so Peel could be rested - and despite producing a barnstorming performance, there was no doubt who would start in the crunch pool game against Fiji the following week.
As a result, Phillips has welcomed Warren Gatland's hard new regime like a breath of fresh air and he is determined to take his chance.
"I am enjoying it much more," said Phillips, who scored the winning try last weekend as Wales won at Twickenham for the first time since 1988.
"I feel much more part of the squad now and that has given me a lot more confidence.
"I think the last regime were really a bit behind Dwayne, but the new coaches are a bit more open-minded. It is very positive to be able to feel that.
"The first game against England was outstanding and has given me a lot of confidence. Basically, they have told me to take my opportunities.
"I have got a fresh start here and it's in my hands. I know I have got to take it by playing the way I always have.
"I think I've been playing really well for the last couple of years.
"I'm absolutely delighted to keep my place against Scotland - it's another chance for me to play for Wales and hopefully things will go right."