Lee Mears (born 5 March 1979) is an English former professional rugby union player who played as a hooker. He played his club rugby for Bath from 1998 until his retirement in 2013. He also played for the England national team from 2004 to 2012; he earned 42 caps and played in two Rugby World Cups, and played for the British & Irish Lions on their 2009 tour to South Africa.

Lee Mears
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Birth nameLee Mears
Date of birth (1979-03-05) 5 March 1979 (age 44)
Place of birthTorquay, England
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb)[1]
SchoolPaignton Community College
Colston's School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Bath
Youth career
Torquay Athletic
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998–2013 Bath 263 (55)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2012 England
British and Irish Lions

Early yearsEdit

Mears in action for Bath

Mears first started playing rugby for the Torquay Athletic mini team. Then after playing at Paignton College, he went to Colston's School and came under the guidance of Andy Robinson and Alan Martinovic. He has played for Devon, and all the England age group teams. In 1997 he was a member of the unbeaten England U18 Schools team that toured Australia. He played in three world cup matches in New Zealand for England U21s.

Senior teamEdit

Mears joined the Bath Academy in 1997 after leaving Colston's School. He managed to score on his first XV debut in a friendly against Saracens. Having made 268 Bath appearances over 16 seasons Mears had to retire following medical advice after routine cardiac screening.

International careerEdit

Mears was selected for the 2004 Churchill Cup squad but did not play in any of the games. The next year he helped England win the 2005 Churchill Cup and after being named in the Autumn test squad, he made his test debut as a replacement against Samoa in November 2005. He came on as a replacement in the 2006 Six Nations Championship games against Wales, Italy and France, and earned a start against Ireland.

In 2007, Mears was selected in the England squad for the World Cup.

Mears was selected in the starting 15 against Scotland in the 2008 Six Nations. This came after several games trying to break into the side from the bench.

In June 2012, Mears announced his retirement from international rugby.[2] He retired from all forms of rugby on 11 February 2013, following diagnosis of a heart condition.[3]


  1. ^ "RFU Official Site of the RFU, Governing Body of Rugby Union in England". Rugby Football Union. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Charlie Hodgson and Lee Mears announce England retirement". BBC Sport. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Lee Mears: Heart problem forces Bath hooker to retire from rugby". BBC Sport. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2023.

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