Reports in France say Mike Phillips has been sacked by Bayonne
THE future of Wales and British Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips at Bayonne is clouded in uncertainty amid reports in France that he has been dismissed by his club.
The former Scarlets and Ospreys star was summoned to meet the club’s board this week to answer allegations that he turned up for a video analysis session under the influence of alcohol.
The incident is said to have happened after the Amlin Challenge Cup win over Grenoble earlier this month.
It isn’t the first time for Phillips to be in trouble during his time at Bayonne. Last year he was severely reprimanded by the club for his off-field misbehaviour.
French newspaper Midi Olympique was today reporting that the club had finally run out of patience with the Wales star, although a spokesman for Bayonne has since said Phillips is suspended with a final decision to be made either tomorrow or Saturday.
Phillips was this week named in Warren Gatland’s Wales squad for the forthcoming autumn series.
When asked about the incident, Gatland said: “It’s a French decision, a Bayonne decision.
“Those are issues for him to sort out. All I can say is that for the last few campaigns with us he has been great.
“On the Lions tour he conducted himself extremely well on and off the field. I am expecting the same again.
“There is obviously a slight concern that this is not something that is being repeated.
“There have been other incidents in the past and we will sit down and have a quiet chat to see what he is doing. But there are not going to be any sanctions here.”