Ex-England hooker retires

2013-02-11 14:38
Lee Mears (AFP)

Bulls sing for their fans

2013-02-11 09:51

What's scarier than facing the toughest rugby players week in and week out? Watch and find out. The Bulls will do anything for their fans...

Bath - Former England hooker Lee Mears has retired from rugby on the advice of doctors after an abnormality was detected during a cardiac screening.

"There is a significant potential risk of developing further complications if he continues to perform the prolonged strenuous exercises required to be an elite rugby player," read a statement on his club Bath's website on Monday.

"This is not how I saw it ending but I feel enormously proud to have played for such a club so many times," Mears, 33, said on the website.

"This will be a tough period but the memories I have and the friends I have made over the years will be of huge support. Thank you to the club and to the supporters, I've loved every minute."

Mears played 42 times for England, featuring in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, and also played for the British and Irish Lions in South Africa in 2009. He made his final international appearance off the bench in last June's draw with South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

He has been at Bath since 1997.

Read more on:    rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

SA Rugby's coaching indaba is set to take place this week. Do you think the two-day think-tank will make any difference?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.