Sunday, 17 February 2013

Farewell & good luck

Sorry to hear the news last week that former England hooker Lee Mears had been forced to retire from all rugby after tests revealed a heart condition caused by strenuous exercise.

I’ve always liked Mears as a player – perhaps a tad too small to be a top-draw international scrummager but still highly skilled and dynamic around the pitch and England could and should have made more of his talents over the years.

By all accounts he was also one of the good guys and I did like his comment that "…I broke it to the rest of the boys. They were fine, until I mentioned that it had come about through being an elite athlete. I’m a little fattie and they just couldn’t equate those two statements.”

I guess he can console himself with the fact that this happened towards the end of a long and successful career and I wish him all the best for the future…

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