Premiership: Nick Phipps headlines London Irish departures

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London Irish have confirmed an eyebrow-raising 20 players departing from their squad ahead of next season, including Australia international scrum-half Nick Phipps.

Phipps has made 65 appearances for the Exiles over the past three and a half years, and is now leaving to pursue an opportunity abroad, with France said to be the most likely destination.

‘Always welcome’

Other internationals to leave are Steve Mafi of Tonga and Allan Dell of Scotland, both of whom have played more than 40 matches in their time at the club.

Noel Reid, Olly Cracknell, Jamie Dever, Tadgh McElroy and Alandré van Rooyen, who signed during this season as ‘injury dispensation’ players, also depart, while the departures of Ireland forward Sean O’Brien, Phil Cokanasiga, Albert Tuisue, George Nott and Terrence Hepetema had already been made public. Cokanasiga is heading to Leicester.

Academy players George Davis and Theo Smerdon are both retiring on medical grounds, while Marcus Rhodes and Rory Morgan are leaving.

Another scrum-half, Rory Brand, is returning to Scotland to play club rugby for Watsonians, while Cillian Redmond is yet to confirm his next destination.

“The players departing the Club leave with our thanks for everything that they have contributed to London Irish, both on and off the field,” said Declan Kidney, London Irish director of rugby.

“With 37 first XV games played this season, it’s been a whole squad effort to get through over 3,000 minutes of rugby.

“There have been ups and downs, but this squad has stuck together through thick and thin and will come out the stronger for it. That is a testament to who they are as people, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with every one of them.

“On behalf of everyone at London Irish, I would like to wish all the best to the departing players, staff and their families for the future. Like anybody leaving London Irish, they are always welcome at the club.”

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