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VIDEO – Mears delighted to contribute to England effort

19 March 2012

  • Bath hooker give his verdict on England's 30-9 win over Ireland
  • 'It's rare to see that much dominance in an international' – Mears 

Suited and booted, Lee Mears was in fine form as he shared his thoughts on England’s 2012 RBS 6 Nations campaign saying he has thoroughly enjoyed his time as part of Stuart Lancaster’s squad even though he has not seen much time on the pitch.

The hooker came on as a 74th minute replacement for Dylan Hartley as the hosts beat Ireland 30-9 at Twickenham with the England pack destroying the Irish scrum and resulting in two tries.

It was Mears’ first run out of the 2012 Championship, but the 33-year-old said he has been happy to contribute in whatever way possible to the squad even if it wasn’t on the pitch.

England’s pack produced an exemplary scrumming display with Forwards Coach Graham Rowntree saying after the match that it had been the players themselves that had driven their improvement.

"It’s just enjoyable, everything we do has been enjoyable," Mears told RFUtv. "We sort of check up on a Monday and Tuesday and we’re back on a Wednesday some weeks. It’s a joy to come up and be part of it. That’s the main bit I think and Wig [Graham Rowntree] has facilitated that and he’s getting better and better every week."

Hooker Lee Mears runs with the all during an England training session at Pennyhill Park

Photo: Getty Images

Winning his 39th cap from bench, Mears was full of praise for the young England pack who have only been together since January describing their performance as "unbelievable". He said England had played the wet conditions well with good defence although he admitted that Tom Croft, who made a storming break in the second half only to knock the ball on as he attempted to pass, would be on the receiving end of some stick for a while to come.

"Last year they [Ireland] got stuck into us with exactly the same group of guys," Mears explained. "We had a few new boys in there and it's rare to see that much dominance in an international and it definitely won the game for us."

He hailed a fantastic team effort and added: "For me personally to get back involved was great.

2It’s such a good group of lads. I have been involved most weeks with the training and it was a bit of a reward to get out there and get on and be part of the victory."