Paignton rugby star Lee Mears announces England retirement
PAIGNTON rugby hero Lee Mears has announced his retirement from international rugby.
The Bath hooker joined Saracens fly-half Charlie Hodgson in breaking the news, after being told by England head coach Stuart Lancaster that they were not in his plans for the autumn internationals.
Torquay-born Mears represented his country on 41 occasions, and made one Test appearance for the British and Irish Lions, against South Africa in 2009.
Lancaster said: “I had chats with both of them in South Africa and our thoughts were not too dissimilar – that if we are building a team for 2015 then, just as we did in January, we have to decide on which players will take us forward and be in the mix in three years’ time.”
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Mears established himself as England’s first-choice hooker in 2008 with a run of form that saw him start the first Lions Test against the Springboks in 2009.
“The memories of playing international rugby will live with me forever,” he said.