13. Sean O'Loughlin

Loose forward & club captain

Border Divide

Player Profile


Position: Loose forward
Date of birth: 24/11/1982
Heritage number: 947
Height: 6ft 2
Weight: 102.4kg
Previous club: Wigan Academy (Wigan St. Patricks ARLFC)
Representative honours: Great Britain, England (captain)
Wigan Debut: vs Hull FC (H), sub, lost 18-20 at DW Stadium, 05/04/2002


World Club Challenge: 2017
Super League: 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018 GFs
Challenge Cup: 2011, 2013
League Leaders’ Shield: 2010, 2012
Super League Dream Team: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018


One of the most consistent and inspirational players of the Super League era and captain of both club and country.

  • Revered by colleagues and opposition players alike, with many pointing to him as one of the modern greats.
  • Made his debut in 2002 and appeared in the 2003 Grand Final defeat to Bradford Bulls.
  • Handed the Wigan captaincy in 2006, taking over from brother-in-law and Wigan legend Andy Farrell.
  • Captained Wigan to victory in the 2010 Grand Final win over St Helens.
  • Won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2010 and 2012.
  • Led the Club to its first Challenge Cup success in nine years in 2011.
  • Skippered Wigan to the double in 2013 with Challenge Cup and Super League success over Hull FC and Warrington Wolves, respectively.
  • Captained Wigan to the 2016 Super League title after victory against Warrington.
  • Won his first World Club Challenge in 2017, after beating Cronulla Sharks and also captained the side at Wembley in the Challenge Cup Final against Hull FC.
  • Won Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the Club’s End of Season Awards in 2017.
  • Captained England at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and led the team out in the final against Australia.
  • Named in the Super League Dream Team seven times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018).
  • Led Wigan to the 2018 Grand Final win over Warrington, claiming his fourth Super League winners ring.
  • Skippered England in the first Test win of the Baskerville series against New Zealand in October 2018, but missed out on the other two games with a calf injury.
  • Played 23 games for Adrian Lam in 2019 – the 22nd game came against St Helens in the Play-Offs and it was his 450th overall for Wigan.
  • At the end of 2019, he agreed a one year contract extension with the Club, which will be his last as he heads into his 19th season as a rugby league professional.

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