PHIBBS EXTENDS SANDY PARK STAY

exeter chiefs scrum half pat phibbs, picture courtesy pinnacle photo agency ukAustralian scrum-half Pat Phibbs is to remain with the Exeter Chiefs until the end of the season after extending his contract with the Aviva Premiership club.

The 30-year-old was brought to Devon back in September by Exeter head coach Rob Baxter on a short-term deal to act as cover whilst Junior Poluleuligaga was away at the Rugby World Cup with Samoa.

However, the former Brumbies star has impressed many during his time at Sandy Park, including Baxter, who this week offered the former Australian A international the chance to prolong his stay in the Westcountry.

"Pat's deserved it, he's earned it the hard way," explained Baxter, who already has fellow nines Haydn Thomas, Kevin Barrett and Poluleuligaga within his first team ranks.

"Obviously the more time he has spent with us we've got to know him better and learn more about his character. On top of that, however, he has put in some notably good performances along the way. Scrum-half is a tough old position and I know the nines won't like me saying this, but we've now got four senior guys pushing hard for places."

Having featured in two A fixtures, as well as the two LV= Cup games against Ospreys and Saracens, Sydney-born scrum half Phibbs is now hoping to force his way into Baxter's Premiership and European plans in the coming weeks and months.

Phibbs portrait courtesy phil mingo/pinnacle

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