Mike Tindall poised to announce retirement
May 3, 2014
Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia after what is likely to be his last home game © Getty Images
Former England captain Mike Tindall is poised to announce his retirement from rugby union.
Tindall, 35, who played for England 75 times, tweeted after his side's 38-30 home Premiership victory over London Irish: "Looks like the last game at Kingsholm has been played. Gutted it has to end. Good win to finish though. Love to the #glawsfamily."
When asked about the tweet outside the changing rooms, Tindall, who is married to the Princess Royal's daughter Zara Phillips, said: "I don't want to say anything now - I will do it at some point next week. There will be plenty of time next week [to speak with the media]."
But two hours later he tweeted again: "Thanks for the messages, I would love to play another year but unfortunately that option is not there for me."
Tindall, who signed a one-year contract with Gloucester last year as a player-backs coach, said he would make himself available for selection for Gloucester's final match of the season away at local rivals Worcester but wanted to say goodbye to the club's fans at the last match of the campaign at Kingsholm.
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