Australia 16-41 British & Irish Lions, 3rd Test, Sydney, July 6
Phillips considers international future
July 7, 2013
Mike Phillips celebrates the Lions' triumph with Jonny Sexton and Tommy Bowe © @lionsofficial
Mike Phillips admits he could retire from international rugby next season having helping the British & Irish Lions to a Test series triumph in Australia.
The 30-year-old missed the second Test of the series against the Wallabies but returned for the third Test in Sydney as the Lions' 41-16 victory saw them secure their first Test series triumph since 1997.
The scrum-half, who has one year remaining on his contract with Top 14 side Bayonne, has won 77 caps for Wales but says he may have to call time on his international time in order to prolong his club career.
"It may well be that if I want to play on at club level, I'll have to call time on my international career... in the not too distant future," he told the Mail on Sunday. "It's something I'm going to think long and hard about and I've got some decisions to make in the next year.
"If [Saturday's match] is to be the last game of international rugby that I play, then what a way to bow out. Added to that, Wales fought back to win the Six Nations last season. Who knows? I'm just glad it's the end of the season now and I can enjoy it."
Phillips played all three Tests for the Lions in South Africa four years ago, when Sir Ian McGeechan's side went down 2-1 against the Springboks, and has won Six Nations Grand Slams with Wales in 2008 and 2012.
He will have a scan on a knee injury on Monday and admitted he could require a "small operation" to fully overcome an injury that has plagued him all tour and prevented him from featuring in the second Test against Australia in Melbourne.
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