Patrick Phibbs handed London Irish deal

Pat Phibbs in 2008
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Scrum-half Patrick Phibbs signs a new two-year contract at London Irish.

Australian scrum-half Patrick Phibbs has signed a new two-year contract at London Irish.

The 31-year-old joined the club on a short-term deal from Leicester Tigers in December, but has sufficiently impressed to gain a long contract with the Exiles.

Director of rugby Brian Smith told the club's official website: "Since Pat joined us at Christmas, we've won six from eight games, and he's been a major factor in our improved form in 2013.

"Patrick Phibbs is a class act. His vast experience in Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership make him a great fit for our club."

Meanwhile, Phibbs added: "I've really enjoyed my time at London Irish. There is a great group of lads at the club and a lot of potential to go with it.

"We have shown in the last few weeks what we can do and I look forward to pushing on with London Irish over the next few years."

Phibbs has also played for the Exeter Chiefs.

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