British and Irish Lions: Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips honoured at Lions start in Brisbane
Last Updated: 20/06/13 11:32am
Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has spoken of his delight at being named in the starting XV for the Lions' opening Test match with Australia on Saturday.
The 30-year-old is one of eight Welshmen in the line-up and was a key player in Wales' Six Nations triumph this year.
Phillips was widely expected to be handed the no 9 shirt in Brisbane, but the Bayonne player says he took nothing for granted.
"You put the effort in, you put the work in and you hope and that's all you can do really," he said. "Thankfully, they've rewarded me with a starting place and I've got to back it up now with a top performance. Hopefully we can do that."
Despite having been part of the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa, Phillips revealed that it was still a special moment to be named in the side for the first Test.
"(It's) very pleasing to hear your name. I was just, sort of, wanting to hear my own name, to be honest, so it was very nice, very pleasing. I'm thrilled, (it's) a massive honour and hoping now we can go out there and put a performance in that is good enough to get a victory."