Autumn internationals: Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips backed by Robin McBryde

Last Updated: 08/11/13 3:08pm

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Mike Phillips: Backed to perform by Robin McBryde

Mike Phillips: Backed to perform by Robin McBryde

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Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has been backed to perform against South Africa on Saturday despite a traumatic few weeks.

Phillips was sacked by club side Bayonne for allegedly attending a video analysis session while drunk.

The 31-year-old has stated he intends to take legal action against his former employers but for now is without a club.

But Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde has no doubts he will be ready to take on the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium and has backed him to prove any doubters wrong.

"We can expect a good solid performance from Mike," said McBryde.

"He has probably got to prove his worth. However, there is no better big-match player than Mike Phillips. We've seen that in the past.

"When he needs to deliver the goods, he comes up trumps, and I don't expect it to be any different on Saturday.

"He is vocal, he is confident and he has got a spring in his step. I have been impressed with him."

As for the challenge of facing South Africa, McBryde is in confident mood, despite Wales' poor record against the 'big three' of the Springboks, Australia and New Zealand.

Wales have won three Six Nations titles, two Grand Slams and reached a World Cup semi-final during Warren Gatland's tenure as head coach.

But they have won just one match against the cream of the southern hemisphere during that five year spell, a record Wales are keen to rectify this weekend, with McBryde backing them to build on the 30-3 win over England that secured their latest Six Nations title.

"We will be trying to recapture some of that form we showed against England," he added.

"It's a tall order with regard to coming together for the first time, but hopefully the players will be able to use the experience they've had this year. We've got to take confidence from the individuals we have got in our team.

"Everyone is on about how big the South African team is and how physical they are, but when you look at some of the individuals we've got, we are not the smallest team in world rugby either.

"South Africa will be keen to recapture their form of the Rugby Championship.

"But we've just got to focus on ourselves and make sure that we are able to live in that arm wrestle, the intensity and keep our composure and make sure our accuracy is as good as it can be.

"If we can do that, then we know we are going to be in with a shout."

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