Exeter Chiefs: Pat Phibbs agrees short-term contract

Pat Phibbs
Pat Phibbs has joined Exeter Chiefs for a second time after being released by London Irish

Scrum-half Pat Phibbs has agreed a short-term deal to stay with Exeter Chiefs following a trial.

The 32-year-old Australian is in his second spell with the Premiership club having previously signed in 2011.

Phibbs has been brought in as cover after injuries to regular scrum-halves Dave Lewis and Haydn Thomas.

Coach Rob Baxter said: "We're going to sign him on a short-term deal. He'll be here for a couple of months and then we'll reassess the situation."

Sydney-born Phibbs joined the Chiefs on a short-term deal three years ago and was kept on for the season, making 11 appearances before signing for Leicester Tigers.

Phibbs, who later joined London Irish from Leicester, signed a permanent contract with the Exiles before being released in the summer.

"He's a good player, he's someone we like and we've seen him before so we're quite comfortable to get him down here," Baxter added.

"Pat's training really well, we've not had any fitness issues with him so it looks like a good move.

"It's good that we got him down when we did and it's given us a bit of cover for a second injury, which we were hoping wouldn't happen."

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