Mike Tindall: Ex-England centre joins Minchinhampton

Mike Tindall playing for Minchinhampton
Mike Tindall made his Minchinhampton debut on Saturday

Former England and Gloucester centre Mike Tindall has started playing for his local club Minchinhampton.

The 36-year-old became the final member of the 2003 World Cup-winning team to retire in July.

He is now registered with the Gloucestershire third division team and made his debut in Saturday's 51-5 win over Gloucester All Blues.

Tindall tweeted: "Lovely little run out for @MinchRFC today, quality old school club - love it."

Minchinhampton rugby club are based close to the Gloucestershire home Tindall shares with Zara Phillips - British eventer and granddaughter of the Queen.

The club are unbeaten in five games this season and are top of their league - the bottom tier of the local pyramid.

Tindall had previously turned out for amateur club North Tawton in Devon, and had helped with their coaching as part of an initiative to develop grassroots rugby.

Capped 75 times for England, Tindall started his professional career at Bath and spent eight years at the Rec before joining Gloucester in 2005, where he played 181 games.

He was made player-coach at Kingsholm in 2012 but opted to retire from professional rugby after failing to earn a new deal with the Cherry and Whites this summer.

Mike Tindall (second right) with Minchinhampton
Tindall (second right, back row) with his Minchinhampton team-mates on Saturday

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