Mike Phillips to join Jonathan Sexton at Racing Metro

Wales scrumhalf will not be cited after appearing to stamp on Quade Cooper’s hand

Mike Phillips of Wales set to join Racing Metro 92. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Mike Phillips of Wales set to join Racing Metro 92. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images


Wales scrumhalf Mike Phillips has been confirmed as a team-mate of Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton at Racing Metro 92.

Club president Jack Lorenzetti said on Monday afternoon that the Top 14 outfit have signed up the Welshman who was sacked by Bayonne in October after allegedly attending a team meeting while under the influence of alcohol.

According to French newspaper l’Equipe, the former Ospreys man has signed a ’renewable’ contract until the end of the season.

Phillips said on Sunday that an announcement was imminent and that he hoped to be back on the pitch as soon as next weekend. Racing host Harlequins in the Heineken Cup at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday.

“I’m going somewhere tomorrow,” he said. “I don’t want to say anything yet, but I’m away somewhere tomorrow and I’m happy enough. I’m hoping to play next Saturday.

“I will look to surround myself with the best. I am just looking forward and as it stands I am pretty happy.”

His Racing career might have false-started, however, had Irish citing commissioner Murray Whyte not decided today that he had no case to answer after clashing with Australia’s Quade Cooper at the Millennium Stadium.

Phillips appeared to stand on the hand of the Wallabies outhalf at the breakdown during Australia’s 30-26 win in Cardiff.

Sexton and Phillips played together for the Lions in Australia earlier this year, when they started alongside each other in the first and third tests, both of which the tourists won.

At Racing, Phillips will have France international scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud to compete for a starting berth.

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