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Phibbs on trial at Chiefs

Pat Phibbs has returned to Exeter Chiefs on a trial basis to ease the Aviva Premiership club's scrum-half injury spate.

The 32-year-old Australian enjoyed stints with Leicester and London Irish following 10 appearances in the 2010/11 campaign at Exeter.

Phibbs left Irish in the summer midway through a two-year deal, and Exeter have moved to offset injuries to Dave Lewis and Will Chudley ahead of Sunday's Premiership season opener at London Welsh.

"It's a bit difficult for Pat because he's not been on the rugby pitch in a competitive sense for a while so we'll have a look at him and see how up to speed he is," said Exeter head coach Rob Baxter.

"With Dave Lewis having a relatively short-term injury, whoever we bring in has got to be up to speed pretty quickly.

"It's an opportunity for Pat to get back on a rugby pitch and do some training and play some rugby, so we'll have to see how he gets on."

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