Phillips comes out of retirement to help wounded Scarlets

Racing 92's scrum-half from Wales Mike Phillips (C) is tackled by Northampton flankers Jamie Gibson (L) and Sam Dickinson during the European Rugby Champions Cup match December 18, 2015

Former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has agreed to come out of retirement to help his former club Scarlets.

Phillips hung up his boots at the end of last season after a glittering career featuring 94 Wales caps and five British and Irish Lions Test appearances.

But the 35-year-old, who also played for Cardiff, Ospreys, Bayonne, Racing 92 and Sale, is set to make a short-term return to action with Scarlets.

Scarlets have named Phillips in a 27-man squad for their PRO14 games in South Africa against the Southern Kings on Sunday and the Cheetahs six days later.

Regular Scarlets scrum-halves Gareth Davies and Aled Davies are currently with Wales for their Tests, while the Llanelli-based region have seen Wales Under-20 international Declan Smith sidelined by injury.

"We only have one of our four contracted scrum-halves available through injury and international call-ups," Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said.

"We looked at the nines available to us within the region, and Welsh-qualified players in the Championship, but they were unable to travel due to work commitments and club commitments.

"We are delighted that Mike has been able to answer the call and will be joining us in South Africa."