Phillips handed the chance to em­u­late fa­ther Kevin

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

IFAN Phillips has been of­fered the chance to fol­low in his fa­ther’s foot­steps.

The Ospreys have handed the son of Kevin Phillips a new con­tract and chal­lenged him to join the fight to suc­ceed Scott Baldwin as num­ber one hooker at the re­gion.

Wales in­ter­na­tional Baldwin has departed for Har­lequins after a 10-year stint with his home re­gion.

He leaves be­hind a con­test for the No. 2 jersey at the Liberty Sta­dium, with Sam Parry and Scott Ot­ten now se­nior hook­ers and Phillips and Dewi Lake bub­bling un­der.

Phillips ju­nior has been part of the ex­tended Ospreys squad for three years after im­press­ing with his home club Crymych and in the Welsh Premier­ship for Neath RFC, while he won a Grand Slam with Wales Un­der-20s in 2016.

He is tak­ing time to truly break through but the 23-year-old is quick around the field and rarely misses a tackle.

Like his fa­ther, who led Neath with such dis­tinc­tion and also skip­pered Wales, he also has no­table lead­er­ship skills, with the Ospreys mak­ing him cap­tain of Ifan Phillips (cen­tre).

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.