Statement: Exeter and Wales star forced to retire aged 25 - Ruck

Statement: Exeter and Wales star forced to retire aged 25

Exeter’s hooker, Iestyn Harris, has had to end his rugby career at the age of 25 due to medical reasons.

Originally from Wales, Harris joined the Premiership club in 2022 from Cardiff Blues and made three appearances for the Chiefs.

Notably, he contributed to Exeter’s victory in the 2023 Premiership Rugby Cup final.

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.”

A rugby fans poll has ranked sport’s five biggest d***heads

We’ve conducted a poll to uncover which players, through their actions on or off the field, have earned a notorious reputation in the game.

Discover the top five below.

#5. Dan Biggar (Wales)

Biggar is the epitome of players you hate until they are on your team.The way the fly-half continues to moan to referees vociferously has seemingly only got worse throughout his career. It got so bad that popular online personality and diehard Scotland fan Glove39 made a video called ‘birdman’ mocking the way in which he always raises his arms in frustration to officials.

Dan Biggar facts:

  1. Biggar has twice been selected to tour with the British and Irish Lions (2017 & 2021)
  2. On 7 December 2015, Biggar won the BBC Cymru Sports Personality of the Year Award
  3. Biggar came through the Ospreys development pathway, having attended Gowerton Comprehensive School in Swansea
  4. The fly-half has his own routine before kicking goals, which fans now call “The Biggarena” after Los Del Rio’s 1995 hit, Macarena