Bath have announced the retirement of hooker Lee Mears with immediate effect due to an abnormality that was noticed in his cardiac screening.
A veteran of 268 club appearances, 42 England caps as well as one for the British & Irish Lions, Mears has been with the Rec outfit since 1997.
"Bath is my club and I love it. This is not how I saw it ending but I feel enormously proud to have played for such a club so many times," he said.
"This will be a tough period, but the memories I have and the friends I have made over the years will be of huge support. Thank you to the Club and to the supporters, I've loved every minute."
Bath head coach Gary Gold added: "Mearsy is a legend, pure and simple. His retirement will be felt by all of us at the Club, and also by the supporters who have cheered him on over the years. The only thing that matters is that he is healthy, and if that means he stops playing, then that's the way it has to be. He will be missed, but we will always welcome him back with open arms. This is his Club, and it always will be. We send him off with real affection and gratitude."