- Name:Mike Phillips
- Date of Birth:August 29, 1982
- Place of Birth:Carmarthen, Wales
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Mike Phillips provides the Lions with an aggressive, physical option at scrum-half.
Phillips has emerged as Wales' first-choice scrum-half during recent seasons, despite stiff competition from the likes of Dwayne Peel and Gareth Cooper.
The 26-year-old, who stands at 6ft 3in and weighs more than 16 stone, provides the Lions with an aggressive, physical option in the number nine shirt.
He played for Wales at Under-21 level before earning a full debut against Romania in 2003, although at the time was only second choice behind Peel, the Lions Test starter in New Zealand four years ago, for his club side the Scarlets.
Moves to Cardiff in 2005 and the Ospreys two years later were required before he was able to move to the top of the Welsh pecking order.
It was not until Warren Gatland took charge of Wales following the 2007 World Cup debacle that he was given an extended run in the national team, becoming a key member of the 2008 Grand Slam winning line-up before missing the tour of South Africa last summer due to a serious knee injury.
Phillips underwent ACL surgery and, after working his way back to full fitness during the early part of the 2009-09 season, re-established himself as Wales' number one scrum-half by the end of their unsuccessful Six Nations defence.