Phillips to fight for Scarlets shirt

09th Jul 2014, 09:22

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Challenge: Kristian Phillips

Challenge: Kristian Phillips

Scarlets winger Kirstian Phillips is ready to do battle for a spot in the starting XV ahead of the new campaign with the Welsh region.

Scarlets winger Kristian Phillips is ready to do battle for a spot in the starting XV ahead of the new campaign with the Welsh region.

The rapid flyer featured in Warren Gatland's Probables v Possibles trial off the back of a strong first season with the Scarlets after moving from the Blues.

However the arrivals of Harry Robinson and Michael Tagicakibau means that competition for the spots out wide is intense, driving Phillips to up his game.

"That is how it should be, you need that competition to push you on," Phillips told the South Wales Evening Post.

"If you get settled into a position and there is no-one challenging, you can get complacent.

"You want to be fighting for the jersey.

"I was pleased with the amount of games I played last season and to be involved in the trial, training in the Welsh camp with the national coaches was great.

"Hopefully I can kick on, put my hand up in pre-season and get my name on the team sheet for the first game of the season."