London Irish loan star Phibbs signs permanent dealBy Alan Manicom
February 25, 2013
London Irish have signed their on-loan scrum-half Patrick Phibbs on a two-year deal.
The 31-year-old Australian joined from Leicester Tigers two months ago following a season-ending injury to Ireland international Tomas O’Leary.
Phibbs, whose arrival has coincided with an upturn in Exiles' fortunes, said: "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 showed in the last few weeks what we can do and I look forward to pushing on with London Irish over the next few years."
Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: "Patrick Phibbs is a class act.
"His vast experience in Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership make him a great fit for our club.
"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."
Phibbs, a product of Waverley College in Sydney, made more than 70 appearances in Super Rugby with the Brumbies before coming to England.