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Mike Tindall
England
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Full name Michael James Tindall
Born October 18, 1978, Otley
Current age 35 years 320 days
Major teams Barbarians, Bath Rugby, Gloucester Rugby, England
Position Centre
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 224 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2000-2011 75 71 4 74 14 2 0 0 51 24 0 68.00
Five/Six Nations 2000-2011 35 33 2 40 8 0 0 0 24 11 0 68.57
IRB Rugby World Cup 2003-2011 9 8 1 5 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 100.00

Career statistics
Test debut England v Ireland at Twickenham, Feb 5, 2000 match details
Last Test England v Scotland at Auckland, Oct 1, 2011 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list

English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 1997-2014 206 188 18 193 36 2 3 0 107 90 9 54.12
Bath Rugby 1997-2004 85 81 4 133 26 0 1 0 41 39 5 51.17
Gloucester Rugby 2005-2014 121 107 14 60 10 2 2 0 66 51 4 56.19
Profile

Arguably one of England's most consistent performers of his era, Mike Tindall was a key member of the side that captured the Rugby World Cup crown in 2003. But his career, which was at times a stop-start affair because of injury, will unfairly be best remembered for his part in a wretched campaign at the 2011 Rugby World Cup where his behaviour in a Queenstown bar threatened to completely overshadow anything on the field.

Tindall, who started his career at Bath in 1997 before moving to Gloucester in 2005, marked his England debut with a try against Ireland at Twickenham in 2000 Six Nations. He was instrumental in the 2003 Grand Slam decider against Ireland, scoring a game-breaking try and also played a scoring role in England's 25-14 win over Australia in Melbourne during the 2003 southern hemisphere tour.

England's historic Rugby World Cup campaign followed with Tindall featuring in all but one of their seven matches. He was dropped for the semi-final victory over France in favour of Mike Catt, whose kicking game was preferred in wet conditions, but reinstated for the final victory over hosts Australia.

An ankle injury ruled him out of the start of the 2004 Six Nations but he started all three Test on that year's tour of the southern hemiphere and was made vice-captain by then England head coach Clive Woodward. Another injury sidelined him for the 2005 Six Nations and Lions tour.

He missed the 2007 Rugby World Cup after failing to recover in time from a broken right leg and was forced to miss the majority of the 2008 Six Nations after bruising his liver in the Championship opener against Wales.

The arrival of Martin Johnson led to Tindall initially being marginalised but he returned - after another injury - in 2010 and surprisingly retained his place as Johnson opted for a youthful look. In 2011 he led the side in the absence of Lewis Moody and was seen as a key part of the side at the 2011 World Cup.

But that all unravelled when he was caught on CCTV with a woman during a night out in Queenstown - Tindall;s high-profile marriage to Zara Phillips had only taken place a few weeks earlier . He refused to apologise but was later found to have lied in saying that he only went to one bar that night.

He was dropped for England's last match against France in the quarter finals and was later fined. That marked the end of his England career, although he continued to give stalwart service to his club where he eased into a role as player-coach. But when Gloucester undertook a complete overhaul of the backroom staff at the end of the 2014 season, Tindall was left out in the cold and opted to quit rather than try to continue with a new side.

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May 10, 2014
Mike Tindall and Nigel Davies lead the warm-up ahead of Gloucester's clash with Worcester Warriors
Mike Tindall and Nigel Davies lead the warm-up ahead of Gloucester's clash with Worcester Warriors
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May 10, 2014
Mike Tindall and Nigel Davies watch their side lose at Worcester
Mike Tindall and Nigel Davies watch their side lose at Worcester
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May 3, 2014
Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia after what is likely to be his last home game
Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia after what is likely to be his last home game
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Mar 26, 2014
James Simpson-Daniel, trainer Michael Scudamore and Mike Tindall stand alongside their horse Monbeg Dude
James Simpson-Daniel, trainer Michael Scudamore and Mike Tindall stand alongside their horse Monbeg Dude
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