Former England skipper Mike Tindall's appeal decision delayed

England and Gloucester centre Mike Tindall
Mike Tindall has won 75 caps for his country

Former England skipper Mike Tindall will not hear the outcome of his appeal against a £25,000 fine issued by the Rugby Football Union until next week.

The 33-year-old made his pleas to acting chief executive Martyn Thomas at a secret location on Thursday.

He was fined and dropped from the Elite Player Squad following an RFU investigation into his conduct on a raucous night out during the World Cup.

The Rugby Players' Association has described the fine as "unprecedented".

RFU bosses decided to switch the Gloucester centre's hearing away from their Twickenham headquarters.

Tindall was pictured drinking, along with team-mates Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley, in a Queenstown bar following the 13-9 win over Argentina.

He later issued an apology for misleading the England management over his movements.

A RFU investigation into the players' behaviour during the tournament, led by its director of elite rugby Rob Andrew, handed suspended fines to Ashton and James Haskell for a separate incident, with Hartley cleared.

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