Four more ‘Mears’ in the Bath for England player

Following in the footsteps of team -mate Butch James, Lee Mears has now put pen to paper and renewed his contract with Bath Rugby for another four years.

Mears has spent his entire professional career at Bath Rugby, securing himself as the first choice hooker at The Rec, as well as making 174 appearances for Bath.

His consistently accurate throw-in at the lineout, strike at the scrum and all-round footballing ability means that he cannot be ignored and he has started seven games for England, most recently in the two tests against New Zealand in June, and come off the bench 18 times.

So, what keeps this happy-go-lucky 5ft 9in hooker at the Rec? “Well, I love it here,” admitted Mears earlier today.


“I have loads of good mates and the style of rugby we are playing at the moment is fantastic…so I thought I better stay and become part of the paintwork.”

A little known fact is that Mears is in his testimonial year at Bath Rugby, raising money for charity whilst entertaining the fans, but rather than organise high profile events, the hooker, affectionately known as ‘little pig’, is happy to keep his head down, most of the time, and let his team-mates be the entertainers.

“I could reel off no end of stories about the boys, we have got some real characters at the club, like David Barnes and David Flatman. They always make you laugh.”

But with the serious issue looming of another important Heineken Cup match this weekend, Mears is very clear about his ambitions: “We have produced a team now that can really challenge for some silverware.

We got the European Challenge Cup last season and now we want to compete for the Guinness Premiership and the Heineken Cup. We really want to impose ourselves.”

Speaking of imposing characters, Mears might be smaller than the majority of his team-mates, but his presence on the pitch is formidable, as described by Forwards Coach, Mark Bakewell: “He is creating a lot of attacking play,” said Bakewell.

“He is devoted to what he does and you can see that every week that he plays. He has always been very good thrower at the line out and he is very good scrummager, but his game around the park has definitely evolved.

“If you look at his performance at the weekend against Toulouse you can see he really is superb.

“I am ecstatic,” Bakewell added. “He is such a good influence on the team and the pack and I think it is great news for all concerned.”

It is great news and as Bath continue to play exciting, expansive rugby, this renewal demonstrates the belief the club has in their ability to achieve.

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