Former England rugby player Matt Dawson has spoken out about going through lyme disease and having heart surgery after being bitten by a tick.
Dawson, who won the World Cup with England in 2003, has joined The Big Tick Project which raises awareness of the dangers of the parasitic arachnids.
Dawson told Paul Ross: "It’s been a tough couple of years all from a tiny little insect called a tick.
"I then was infected with lyme disease from the tick. Lyme disease got into my system, the bacteria got into my heart [and] created some scar tissue.
"I ended up twice in hospital with heart procedures and ablations and goodness knows what and I’m still on medication for it."
He is calling for people to take preventative measures to try and ensure their pets don't get ticks as it is "going to be a lot better than going through what I’ve been through in the last few years."
Listen to the full interview above