Wales will pick suspended Phillips, says Gwyn Jones

Mike Phillips

Former Wales captain Gwyn Jones believes Mike Phillips's suspension will have no impact on national coach Warren Gatland.

Bayonne suspended Wales scrum-half Phillips amid allegations of off-field misbehaviour.

Jones is convinced Gatland will not impose any other sanction and will still select Phillips, regardless of his latest indiscretion.

"I think Warren Gatland thinks the world of him," Jones said on Scrum V.

"He has some form, let's be honest.

"He gets himself in scrapes every now and then, and he will be disciplined as appropriate, but I don't think it will affect Warren Gatland's view of him.

"If everything else is fine, he is playing well, he will be straight back in [the Wales side]. He has done it before."

The club told BBC Wales Sport that Phillips, 30, and France wing Cedric Heymans are both suspended.

In a statement, Bayonne said: "The off-field behaviour of Mike Phillips is unacceptable and he has been fined. He has also been suspended until further notice."

Heymans' suspension follows comments made about club fans in local media.

In reference to the allegations against Phillips, Bayonne president Alain Afflelou is also reported to have told the French sports daily L'Equipe: "It is not the first time, I'm sick of it."

The statement added: "All players are now warned, the club will no longer allow misconduct on the part of players and they may be exposed to greater penalties.

"We have enough quality young players at the club. Just because some are bigger names, it does not mean they are protected and above the group.

"Through these measures, I also want to preserve the vast majority of players who give back and get involved on a daily basis for the good of the club.

"Finally, it is to respect the fans who invest in and support their team."

Earlier in the week Bayonne announced 2009 British and Irish Lion Phillips was to undergo surgery to a hand following an injury suffered in training.

Phillips signed for the French side in the summer of 2011 from the Ospreys.

The Bayonne suspension comes 15 months after the former Llanelli, Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and Liberty Stadium star was suspended by Wales.

On that occasion, in June, 2011, Phillips was disciplined following a late-night incident in Cardiff outside a fast food restaurant.

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