Mike Tindall: World Cup winner retires from rugby

Mike Tindall (centre) in action during England's 2003 World Cup final win over Australia
Tindall played at outside centre as England beat Australia to win the 2003 World Cup

Mike Tindall has become the final member of England's 2003 World Cup-winning team to retire.

The former England captain was player-coach at Gloucester last season but has not been offered a new contract.

The 35-year-old centre, who joined Gloucester from Bath in 2005, won 75 caps for his country.

"It wasn't a hard decision in the end. It was a case of staying another year at Gloucester or retiring," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I didn't want to go and play at another club so it was an easy decision."

Tindall's decision comes four days after former team-mate and close friend Iain Balshaw became the penultimate member of the 2003 World Cup-winning side to retire.

Tindall, who captained England in 2011, played 181 games for Gloucester and had considered continuing as a coach at Kingsholm, prior to the sacking of director of rugby Nigel Davies in May.

"I've had 17 years in the game, so I thought it might be nice to have a bit of time away to see if I wanted to still be in the environment, or out doing something else," added Tindall.

"There's personal ambitions I'm sad about missing. I would have loved to have said I was at a club for 10 years, but it doesn't always work out the way you want it to.

"No way would I change anything or feel sad about anything.

"I can say now I've done eight years at Bath, which I loved, and had nine fantastic years at Gloucester. I can be really proud of those times and I think it's the way I wanted it to finish."

World Cup winners - Where are they now?
Sir Clive Woodward. Retired 2005.Now a Team GB ambassador and a newspaper columnist.
Josh Lewsey. Retired in 2011.Now head of rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union.
Jason Robinson. Retired in 2007.Now works on grassroots projects for the RFU.
Will Greenwood. Retired 2006.Now TV presenter/pundit and a newspaper columnist.
Ben Cohen. Retired in 2011.Launched a charity to help combat bullying in the UK.
Jonny Wilkinson. Retired in 2014.Now kicking and skills coach at Toulon.
Matt Dawson. Retired 2006.Now TV presenter and pundit for the BBC.
Trevor Woodman. Retired 2005.Now scrum coach at Gloucester.
Steve Thompson. Retired 2011.Now based in Dubai as ambassador for a Children's charity.
Phil Vickery. Retired 2010.Runs successful sportswear firm.
Martin Johnson. Retired 2005.Now concentrating on media work and public speaking.
Ben Kay. Retired 2010.Now works as a TV pundit.
Richard Hill. Retired 2008.Now works in business development.
Neil Back. Retired in 2005.Now works as a coach.
Lawrence Dallaglio. Retired 2008.Fundraiser and helps young people find opportunities through sport
Dorian West. Retired 2003.Forwards coach at Northampton Saints.
Jason Leonard. Retired 2004.Now working in construction, and raises funds for disabled and disadvantaged children.
Martin Corry. Retired 2009.Now works in sales.
Lewis Moody. Retired 2012.Runs his own coaching company.
Kyran Bracken. Retired 2006.Director of a construction company.
Mike Catt. Retired 2010.Now England's attack coach.
Iain Balshaw. Retired 2014.Penultimate member of the World Cup-winning line-up to retire.

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