Lee Mears set to reach 250 appearances milestone for Bath Rugby
Lee Mears will make his 250th appearance for Bath Rugby tomorrow.
Mears lines up in the front row with Nathan Catt and David Wilson as Bath aim to build on last week's last-gasp victory at Worcester.
The hooker retired from international rugby earlier this year after 42 caps for England and playing for the British and Irish Lions in 2009.
But the Bath veteran is still chasing trophies and will be leading from the front when London Wasps visit The Rec tomorrow, kick-off 2.15pm.
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Simon Taylor returns from injury to replace Francois Louw who is on international duty with South Africa.
Ollie Barkley starts again at fly-half after security victory at Worcester with the last kick on the match.
Bath Rugby head coach Gary Gold, said; “To make 250 appearances for a club is a great achievement in professional rugby, and it’s a testament both to Lee’s ability and his attitude as a player that he has reached it, as well as appearing for his country and the Lions.
“Whilst we were pleased with the eventual result at Sixways last weekend, we were very frustrated to not perform the way we know we can and have in pre-season.
“Dai Young has done some excellent work at Wasps, and they will be looking to bounce straight back from the result against Quins. They outplayed the champions for large periods of the game, so we know they with challenge us all over the park, and it is a challenge we must rise to.”
Bath team: 15. Nick Abendanon, 14. Kyle Eastmond, 13. Dan Hipkiss, 12. Matt Banahan, 11. Tom Biggs, 10. Olly Barkley, 9. Michael Claassens, 1. Nathan Catt, 2. Lee Mears, 3. David Wilson, 4. Stuart Hooper (c), 5. Dominic Day, 6. Simon Taylor, 7. Carl Fearns, 8. Ben Skirving.
Replacements: 16. Ross Batty, 17. Paul James, 18. Kane Palma-Newport, 19. Dave Attwood, 20. Josh Ovens, 21. Mark McMillan, 22. Ollie Devoto, 23. Jack Cuthbert