Wales let Phillips in from cold after ban

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Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips was yesterday cleared to resume his international career. The 28-year-old was banned "with immediate effect" on 17 June following allegations of an incident involving the player in Cardiff city centre.

However, Phillips met Wales Rugby Union officials on Monday and apologised, leading to a statement from the WRU which confirmed he would be allowed to return to the squad and take part in World Cup training.

The Bayonne player was not arrested and is not facing any criminal action in relation to the incident in Cardiff.

However, Phillips said: "This is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to me in my career. I am ashamed to have let myself get into this kind of situation and I am determined to put things right.

"As a player I'm really passionate and never back down. I know I can't allow that part of my character to come to the surface off the rugby pitch.

"I have realised I have an issue with the way in which I deal with, and have dealt with, the pressures of my current environment and have sought, and will continue to seek, help and advice in relation to that issue."