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Phillips joins Racing after sacking by Bayonne

December 3, 2013

PARIS (AP) — Mike Phillips has become the third Wales international to sign for big-spending French club Racing Metro, barely a month after being sacked by Top 14 rival Bayonne for allegedly turning up drunk to a video analysis session.

The British Lions scrumhalf officially joined the Parisian side on Tuesday on a 2 ½-year deal, and will link up with Wales teammates Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate as well as Ireland flyhalf Jonny Sexton, who played alongside Phillips during the Lions’ series win in Australia this year.

Phillips has been mulling over whether to take legal action against Bayonne for terminating his contract in October. Bayonne chairman Alain Afflelou described Phillips as “a serial offender” and his behavior as “treason.”

Phillips faces competition at Racing from France scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud.

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