Former Leinster player O'Loughlin forced to retire on medical grounds

Former Leinster player O'Loughlin forced to retire on medical grounds

Former Leinster and Ireland winger Rory O’Loughlin has announced his retirement at the age of 30 due to a serious shoulder injury.

The Dublin native played 99 times for his home province, Leinster, before moving to the Exeter Chiefs at the beginning of the 2022–23 season, during which he made 24 appearances.

His trophy haul includes a winner’s medal in the Champions Cup and four Pro14 finals with Leinster, which were the highlights of his career.

The former Irish centre/winger also made his international debut for Ireland against Japan in 2017, earning his sole cap for his country.

O'Loughlin, speaking on his retirement this week, said he was glad to have made friends for life during his rugby journey.

“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.

“Although this season hasn’t gone according 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.”

The Gallagher Premiership club also thanked the Dubliner for his contribution to the team.

"The club would like to thank Rory for his time as Exeter Chief and wish him well for everything that lies ahead," they added on their website.