Rod O'Loan played for University in 1933 and 1934 and played 28 games and scored 12 tries. He then played for the roosters in 1935-1941. He played 82 games and scored 76 tries. While playing for the roosters he scored 27 tries in a season which is the = 6th most tries in a season of all time and scored 7 tries in a game which is the 2nd best of all time behind Frank Burge's 8.
Rod O'Loan was born in Sydney, New South Wales and after attending Saint Patrick's College Golbourn, attended senior school at Waverley College before going onto the University of New South Wales. In 1933 O'Loan spent two seasons playing for the University rugby league club. In 1935 he and University team mate, Ross McKinnon, joined the Eastern Suburbs club where he appeared in 82 matches in the years (1935–41). In a match between Eastern Suburbs and his old club University in 1935 he scored a club record seven tries in a 61-5 win. This tally stood second (behind Frank Burge's eight tries in 1920) on the list of most individual tries in a premiership match. He scored 27 tries that season. O'Loan was a speedy winger who scored over 100 tries in his career. He won four Premierships in his time at the Tri colours: 1935, 1937, 1037 and 1940. He gained one cap playing for Australia.