Mike Tindall eyes move to France
April 26, 2012
Mike Tindall is understood to be interested in a move to France © Getty Images
Mike Tindall is reportedly set for a shift to the French Top 14 after failing to agree a new deal with Gloucester.
Discussion between Tindall and the club stalled in January when the former England centre said he wanted a two-year contract but Gloucester were only prepared to offer a one-season extension. The 33-year-old is among a number of high profile players leaving Gloucester in the summer, including Rory Lawson, Alasdair Strokosch and Scott Lawson.
Gloucester took the decision to allow the Scotland international trio to leave because they are absent from club duty for the November internationals and two months over the RBS 6 Nations.
The club's No. 8 Luke Narraway is joining Strokosch in heading for Perpignan next season. Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu is bound for Japan while the likes of Tom Voyce and Brett Deacon are yet to find new clubs.
Before Bryan Redpath resigned as head coach, he oversaw the recruitment of New Zealand scrum-half Jimmy Cowan, England No. 8 Ben Morgan, Australian hooker Huia Edmonds, Tongan loose forward Sione Kalamfoni and England Saxons centre Billy Twelvetrees. They will come in as direct replacements for Rory Lawson, Narraway, Scott Lawson, Strokosch and Tindall.
Gloucester will begin their process of identifying after their final Aviva Premiership game of the season, against London Irish.
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