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Exeter lock Postlethwaite to retire aged 27

Exeter Chiefs lock Matt Postlethwaite in action
Matt Postlethwaite's last game for Exeter Chiefs was a friendly against the Royal Navy in March [Rex Features]

Exeter Chiefs lock Matt Postlethwaite has been forced to retire on medical grounds.

The 27-year-old joined the club last summer after six seasons at Sale Sharks.

But he made only three first-team appearances in the Premiership Rugby Cup at the start of the season before being sidelined with injury.

His final game in an Exeter shirt came in a friendly against the Royal Navy in March.

“It’s been a tough period of time for me, getting injured and then trying to come back following my operation," he told the Exeter website.

"This is not how I would have wanted my time in the sport to come to an end, but I’ve loved every minute of my time at Exeter Chiefs."