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Phibbs joins London Irish

Aussie scrum-half Patrick Phibbs has joined Premiership club London Irish on a short term deal.

The 31-year-old will play for the Reading-based side until the end of the season.

According to London Irish's website, Phibbs will 'provide injury cover for Tomas O'Leary' at the Madejski Stadium.

During his career, he has made more than 70 appearances for Super Rugby side Brumbies, as more recently Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs.

Phibbs has made five appearances for Leicester in 2012 after playing more than 70 games in Super Rugby with the Brumbies.

Patrick also had a short spell with Exeter Chiefs during the 2011-12 season making three appearances.

The Exiles' director of rugby, Brian Smith, told the club's website: "With Tomas sidelined for what could be the remainder of the season we've been proactive in signing Pat.

"I worked with Pat at the Brumbies and have great respect for his ability.

"He's an experienced scrum-half, good organiser and strong defender and he also has knowledge of the English season.

"Both Darren Allinson and Jack Moates have stepped up since Tomas was injured but they are still young so it makes sense to bring in an experienced player.

"We've got at least 16 matches left in our season so there'll be plenty of rugby for all three scrum halves."