Former England and Lions hooker Mears forced to retire because of heart condition
Duncan Bech, Press Association
11:36 GMT, 11 February 2013
11:44 GMT, 11 February 2013
Former England hooker Lee Mears has been forced to retire with immediate effect due to a heart condition.
An abnormality known to occur in some athletes was discovered during a cardiac screening completed by the 33-year-old Bath front row, who announced his international retirement last year.
'There is a significant potential risk of developing further complications if Lee continues to perform the prolonged strenuous exercises required to be an elite rugby player,' read a statement issued by Bath.
A great shame: Lee Mears has been forced to retire because of a heart condition
'He has therefore been advised by a specialist to retire from professional rugby.'
More to follow.
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