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Phillips signs with Bayonne

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has joined French club Bayonne after the Ospreys agreed to release him.

Phillips, 28, had lobbied Ospreys officials to let him move on, and Bayonne have confirmed he has signed a two-year contract with them, with the option for a third year. The announcement was made on their official website.

Former Llanelli and Cardiff Blues star Phillips joined Ospreys in 2007 and the following year helped Wales win the Grand Slam in the RBS 6 Nations.

His star continued to rise and he played for the British and Irish Lions against South Africa in 2009.

Before he agreed to join Bayonne, Phillips was pinpointed as a possible signing by Welsh rugby league outfit Crusaders. He was excluded from Ospreys' team for much of the season, and was determined to get away.

Phillips, a fixture in Warren Gatland's plans, was named earlier this month in Wales' 45-man provisional World Cup squad.


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