Phillips wary of competition for Welsh shirt

British & Irish Lion Mike Phillips admits he is being kept on his toes as Wales' starting scrum-half as Gareth Davies continues to impress. [more]

Phillips wary of competition for Welsh shirt

British & Irish Lion Mike Phillips admits he is being kept on his toes as Wales’ starting scrum-half as Gareth Davies continues to impress.

Phillips, who toured with the Lions for the second time last summer, has kept his place in Warren Gatland’s starting XV for the second Test against South Africa on Saturday.

The first Test ended in a disappointing 38-16 defeat but Davies’ was a lively replacement for Phillips, breaking away in a move that nearly led to a try.

And Phillips is well aware that he faces a battle to make sure he remains ahead of Davies in the pecking order.

"We've got great competition throughout the squad really and at nine especially," said Phillips.

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"Gareth did really well last week when he came on so it's great for him.

"It's just great to have competition and people pushing you all the way.

"Everybody knows Gats [Gatland] doesn't shy away from putting relatively so-called big names on the bench.

"It's whoever's best for the job and as simple as that really."
 

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