Ospreys to release Phillips

Lions scrum-half looks set to head to France

By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC.   Last Updated: 13/04/11 2:16pm

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Phillips: Set to leave the Ospreys

Phillips: Set to leave the Ospreys

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Mike Phillips looks set to become the latest Wales player to head to France after the Ospreys agreed to release him.

The Lions scrum-half is under contract until 2014, but he will now be free to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

And Phillips is now likely to follow fellow Ospreys James Hook and Lee Byrne - as well as Gavin Henson, who joined Toulon via Saracens - in moving to the Top 14.

Toulouse, who are short of No.9 options and have already revealed Byron Kelleher will leave, are the favourites to land the 28-year-old.

And Ospreys boss Scott Johnson has confirmed Phillips had made repeated requests to quit the Liberty Stadium.

Request

Johnson said: "After continued requests from Mike over the last 12 months, we've agreed to let Mike go as soon as he can find another club.

"We have an organisation to run, and anybody who doesn't want to be here, we will move on."

The Ospreys have plenty of cover at scrum-half with Rhys Webb, who has replaced Phillips as first-choice No.9 this season, and Sevens star Tom Isaacs set to be joined by Kahn Fotuali'i in the summer.

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