Tindall agrees new Gloucester deal
March 10, 2011
Tindall has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension with the Cherry and Whites © Getty Images
England centre Mike Tindall has agreed a new one-year contract extension with Aviva Premiership club Gloucester.
Tindall, 32, who has led England to three successive victories at the start of their Six Nations campaign in the absence of regular skipper Lewis Moody, joined the Cherry and Whites from local rivals Bath in 2005 and has gone on to make more than 100 appearances.
The 2003 World Cup winner, set to win his 70th cap against Scotland on Sunday, said, "I didn't really entertain the idea of being anywhere else to be honest. I love the club, the supporters, the area. Signing on again wasn't a difficult decision. Bryan Redpath (head coach) and the other coaches have created a great atmosphere around the club and we're all enjoying our rugby.
"This season has been good but we still have some massive games to come which will determine exactly how good it will have been once it's all over. I'm looking forward to playing my part."
Redpath admitted he was delighted to secure the services of his skipper. "Tins has been a huge part of what we've achieved to date and will be a big part of what's to come," he said. "He's an influential figure on and off the pitch and having him on board is a big bonus for us."
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