Hooker Mears out for eight weeks
November 16, 2011
Mears was part of England's squad during the World Cup © Getty Images
Bath have suffered a massive blow ahead of their clash with Montpellier at the weekend with the news that hooker Lee Mears will be out for eight weeks.
The British & Irish Lions hooker suffered a bicep injury in training last week and missed Bath's opening clash of the 2011-12 Heineken Cup with Glasgow on Sunday. And Sir Ian McGeechan has confirmed that the 32-year-old had ripped the muscle from the bone.
Mark Lilley has been called into the Heineken Cup squad as Mears' replacement. Mears has only recently returned to the Bath fold after being part of the 30-man England squad which journeyed to New Zealand for the 2011 World Cup. With England suffering from uncertainty behind the scenes, Mears now faces a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of the 2012 Six Nations.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Last year's thrashing at the hands of Wales was not the first time England have fallen to their rivals. Scrum Sevens looks at whether they have bounced back the following year
With just two rounds left in the 2014 championship, the intensity cranks up a notch at Twickenham. Tom Hamilton previews the weekend's action
"I had a perfect record against England as did a few other Welshmen. England always seemed to bring the best out of us." John Taylor on the age-old rivalry
Are the margins between the teams in the Six Nations getting smaller year-on-year? Huw Richards gives some answers