Lee Mears

Lee Mears

Lee is a familiar face in Bath and the International Rugby circuit, having totalled an impressive 177 premiership appearances, 268 games with Bath, ten premiership tries and 42 England caps during his 16-year career in professional rugby.

He 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.

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

Lee 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 début 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, Lee was selected in the England squad for the World Cup.

In June 2012, Lee announced his retirement from international Rugby.