Exeter Chiefs winger Rory O'Loughlin to retire due to injury

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter
Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter

Exeter Chiefs winger Rory O'Loughlin has been advised to retire from professional rugby on medical grounds.

O'Loughlin sustained a serious shoulder injury at the start of the season from which he could not make a complete recovery.

Born in Dublin, the 30-year-old made his senior debut with Leinster in the 2016/17 Pro12 game against Benetton. He moved to Exeter Chiefs in 2022 and has featured in 24 games since then.

He made his Ireland debut against Japan in 2017 which remains his sole international game for his country.

“While it has been a tough couple of months coming to terms with this new reality, I do count myself incredibly lucky to have played for two great clubs, alongside some of the game’s best players and more importantly some of my best mates," he told the club's official website.

“Although this season hasn’t gone to plan for me, I have loved my time here at Exeter. I was lucky enough to play in front of a packed-out Sandy Park many times in my first season.

“I’ve made friends here for life and the people of Exeter have been incredibly welcoming to me and my family. I’m looking forward to returning as a Chiefs fan and supporting the boys.”