Phillips handed the chance to emulate father Kevin
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).