Another Exeter Chiefs forward forced to retire on medical grounds at just 25

Exeter Chiefs hooker Iestyn Harris has been forced to retire from rugby on medical grounds, the club have confirmed.

The announcement about Harris comes just days after Chiefs lock Matt Postlethwaite announced he will also step away from the game due to injury.

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Welshman Harris has been battling injury and despite an intensive rehab period with the view of returning to full fitness, having sought medical advice, he has been forced to retire from the sport. The 25-year-old joined Chiefs in April 2022 from United Rugby Championship side, Cardiff Rugby and he has since made three Chiefs appearances.

Harris said: “I’d like to thank my family and friends for being so supportive, not just throughout this process but throughout my whole rugby career.

“A huge thank you as well to all the players and coaches I’ve worked with, at Cardiff and Exeter. I’ve made friendships at both clubs that will last me a lifetime.

“Rugby has been my life since I was a kid, so it’ll be strange not to be in the team environment anymore but I’m also excited to see what comes next as I start a new adventure away from the sport.”