18 Jun 2011

Phillips suspended for breach of discipline

7:12 am on 18 June 2011

The Wales halfback Mike Phillips has been suspended indefinitely from the national rugby squad for a breach of discipline.

The ban, which followed media reports of a late-night incident in Cardiff, comes three months before the start of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

The suspension comes four days after the 28-year-old former Ospreys player signed a two-year deal with French top-flight side Bayonne.

The Wales Rugby Union says it was taking action following recent allegations about the player's behaviour in public whilst on an agreed holiday period from pre-Rugby World Cup training.

Local media reported Phillips had been involved in a scuffle outside a restaurant in Cardiff and that police had been called to the incident in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police were quoted as saying they had not taken any action.

Phillips, who has not commented on the episode, has won 52 caps for Wales and was a key member of their 2008 Six Nations grand slam winning team.

While Phillips is suspended, the WRU will seek further clarification over what happened this week saying it was taking action now because of the public profile players have.