Warren Gatland & Mike Phillips

Warren David Gatland (born 17 September 1963) is a former New Zealand rugby footballer and the current head coach of the Wales national team. William Michael Mike Phillips (born 29 August 1982) is a Welsh international rugby union rugby player who plays at scrum-half for Bayonne. 5.0/5

Warren Gatland Mike Phillips Jonathan Davies Dan Lydiate Alex Cuthbert Richard Hibbard Mako Vunipola Six Nations Owen Farrell Irish Lions South Africa Toby Faletau Millennium Stadium Hong Kong Justin Tipuric Adam Jones Jamie Roberts Mike Warren Alex Corbisiero

Strong stuff from Mike Phillips who says James Hook could score 4 tries in training and Warren Gatland still wouldn't loo…
Jonathan Davies believes Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips could lose his starting place for Wales' next Six Nations game. Former Wales captain Davies suspects head coach Warren Gatland could start with Ospreys' Rhys Webb against France in Cardiff on 21 February instead. "He must be under pressure," Davies told Radio Wales Sport. "Mike hasn't played well and the forwards have had a battering in the last couple of games."
Stuart Lancaster is curious to find out how Warren Gatland has turned around the fortunes of the Welsh team so quickly, so he decides to go to Cardiff and see how Gatland coaches his team. After a day he is not really impressed by the training routines so he asks Gatland how he manages to get his players so sharp. "Well it is simple. I sometimes ask my players a difficult question, and that way they stay really sharp mentally". Of course Stuart wants an example, so Warren asks Mike Phillips to come over to the touchline. Warren asks him: "Mike, answer this question…..he is not your brother, but still he is your father's son. Who is he?". "That's easy", Mike answers immediately, "Of course, it's me". "You see? That's the way you keep them sharp", Gatland says to Lancaster. Lancaster, keen to take this on board decides to bring this into the next England squad session. He calls Owen Farrell over to the touchline. “Owen, answer this question”, he says, “He is not your brother, but he is still your fa ...
'No reason we can't beat Boks' 2013-11-04 Cape Town - Wales scrumhalf Mike Phillips says there's "no reason" why they can't go out and beat the Springboks in Cardiff on Saturday. The "Red Dragons" have improved markedly in recent years, winning two Grand Slams and three Six Nations titles since Warren Gatland took over as coach in 2008. However, their record against the three Southern Hemisphere powers - South Africa, New Zealand and Australia - remains dismal. They have suffered 22 defeats in 23 matches against the "Big Three" under Gatland with the sole victory coming against the Wallabies in 2008. Their overall record in Tests against South Africa is also poor, with the Boks holding a 24-1 winning record, with one match ending in a draw. However, Phillips is adamant that things will be different this time round, especially since they've come close to notching victories against the Boks in their last four outings. South Africa won 17-16 at the World Cup in New Zealand two years ago and in three Tests in ...
Rugby Wales squad Wales and Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips has been cleared to play in the autumn Tests despite his disciplinary problems in France. Phillips was today facing an inquiry by his club team Bayonne after accusations that he turned up drunk at a training session last week. But Wales’ head coach Warren Gatland said any punishment from Bayonne would not be carried over into the international month which begins on Nov 9 when South Africa visit the Millennium Stadium.
Deans vs Gatland – whose selection strategy will be successful? Posted on Jul 4, 2013 Robbie Deans and Warren Gatland – these two curmudgeonly Kiwis have plenty in common. They are both in charge of nations foreign to that of their birth, and in Gatland’s case a traditional touring side in the Lions. They are both fairly prickly characters, and have both been under the cosh recently for their selection decisions. They both clearly have their selection favourites (Mike Phillips, Kurtley Beale), and those they don’t trust or believe in (Justin Tipuric, Quade Cooper). This week, however, they have taken entirely different stances when it comes to their most experienced players. The decision to drop O’Driscoll has already been done to death in column inches so there’s no need to go back over it here; suffice to say that there has been many a raised eyebrow (and in some cases significantly more) over Gatland’s decision to drop easily his most experienced player. Had Paul O’Connell or Sam Warbur ...
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has sprung one of the great surprises in the tourists' history by dropping Brian O'Driscoll for Saturday's series decider against Australia. O'Driscoll was the favourite to lead the Lions in the final Test at Sydney's ANZ Stadium after Sam Warburton was ruled out with a hamstring injury, but instead he has been omitted from the 23 with Alun-Wyn Jones named captain. The O'Driscoll-Jonathan Davies midfield partnership used for the first two Tests has been broken up, with Jamie Roberts picked at inside centre following his return from a hamstring injury. Davies moves to outside centre while Sean O'Brien, Alex Corbisiero, Richard Hibbard, Toby Faletau and Mike Phillips are promoted to a starting XV showing six changes to the side beaten 16-15 in Melbourne. It is a radically altered team but the dominant talking point will be the decision to axe 2005 Lions captain O'Driscoll for the first time in his 14-year professional career. The conundrum facing Gatland was ...
Lions Squad Analysis for 2nd Test Posted on Jun 27, 2013 The old adage goes that ‘you should never change a winning team’ but clearly this message has been lost on Warren Gatland, who has made five changes to his test XV ahead of the second test on Saturday. In the forwards, Mako Vunipola and Geoff Parling have replaced Alex Corbisiero and Paul O’Connell, both of whom are injured, and Tom Croft, who drops to the bench, has been replaced by Dan Lydiate. In the backs, Ben Youngs and the fit-again Tommy Bowe are preferred to Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert, with the winger dropping to the bench at the expense of Sean Maitland. Vunipola was unlucky to miss out on a starting role in the first test after his imperious form in the warm-up games, but ultimately the decision to opt for Corbisiero, a more proficient scrummager, proved to be the right call. The question now is whether or not Gatland should have selected Ryan Grant, who takes his place on the bench, ahead of Vunipola, with the latter resuming h ...
On First Fast Now we'll speak to George North and Mike Phillips ahead of the first Lions Test as Warren Gatland makes a surprise selection. There's news of Kevin Pietersen's comeback ahead of the Ashes. We hear from Chris Froome as Team Sky prepare to name their Tour de France line-up. We preview ladies' day at Royal Ascot. And there's all the latest transfer news Listen here www.skysports.com/radio
Lions: L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, B O'Driscoll, J Davies, G North; J Sexton, M Phillips; A Corbisiero, T Youngs, A Jones; AW Jones, P O'Connell; T Croft, S Warburton (c), J Heaslip. Reps: R Hibbard, M Vunipola, D Cole, G Parling, D Lydiate, B Youngs, O Farrell, S Maitland. Eight Welsh players will be in the Lions first Test starting line-up to face Australia on Saturday, after Warren Gatland revealed his picks earlier today. Sam Waburton will captain the side in the No.7 jersey and he is joined by full-back Leigh Halfpenny, wings Alex Cuthbert and George North, centre Jonathan Davies, scrum-half Mike Phillips, second row Alun Wyn Jones and prop Adam Jones. The only surprise was the inclusion of Englishman Alex Corbisiero at loosehead, Mako Vunipola having been expected to get the nod butu having to make do with a place on the bench. That's the situation too for hooker Richard Hibbard, who has lost out to in-form Tom Youngs for the No.2 jersey. Hibbard and blindside Dan Lydiate are the Welshmen among the rep ...
Lions 2013: Mike Phillips's excellence shines through as he makes an early case to coach Warren Gatland
A Welsh-heavy Great British and Irish Lions side opened their Tour with a straightforward 59-8 victory over the Barbarians in Hong Kong. The Lions ran in eight tries – with seven of them coming from Welshmen. Captain Paul O'Connell was the only non-Welshman to get over as he scored the opening try of the Tour while scrum-half Mike Phillips and winger Alex Cuthbert helped themselves to two tries each. Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate and replacement Alun Wyn-Jones also went over on a day when Warren Gatland decided to start with nine Welsh players and 11 Lions debutants. England's Owen Farrell had an up and down performance at fly-half before being replaced by Ireland's Jonny Sexton who himself missed three, admittedly tough, conversion attempts. Kahn Fotuali'I off a lovely set-up from former All Black Joe Rokocoko scored the only try for an enthusiastic, but ultimately outmatched Barbarians side who should have had Schalk Brits sent-off for a clear punch on Farrell after just eight minutes only for referee ...
Are French-based players unlucky to miss out on the Lions? Posted on May 22, 2013 The player exodus to France has been a point of contention in the rugby world for a while now, and it has only been exacerbated by Warren Gatland’s refusal (a couple of exceptions aside) to pick players involved in the latter stages of the Top 14. The French league has certainly demonstrated the high calibre of its players throughout the course of this season. With financial reward attracting a number of quality names from across the UK over the Channel to ply their trade, it’s a little surprising there isn’t more of a French-based contingent on the plane to Australia with only Welsh-born Mike Phillips and Gethin Jenkins gaining their places. Starting with the obvious; European Player of the Year and Heineken Cup Winner, Jonny Wilkinson, is said to be keen to answer any injury calls from Australia. We won’t dwell on Wilkinson as he has already been discussed to great length (and is said to have been approached by Gat ...
Local news: Lions legend Phil Bennett backs Mike Phillips to be first name on Warren Gatland's team sheet
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