Tindall retirement brings to an end glorious era for England

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OTLEY-BORN World Cup winner Mike Tindall says he will not seek an immediate switch to full-time coaching after retiring from professional rugby.

Former England captain Tindall has confirmed his retirement after 17 years of top-flight action, the 35-year-old rejecting the chance to seek a move from Gloucester.

Mike Tindall with the World Cup on a lap of honour to mark the 10 year anniversary of winning the World Cup.

Mike Tindall with the World Cup on a lap of honour to mark the 10 year anniversary of winning the World Cup.

Tindall admitted rugby director Nigel Davies’s sacking at the end of last season limited his chances of a new contract at Kingsholm.

Gloucester have since recruited rugby director David Humphreys and a new back-room staff, leaving no place for Tindall to continue his player/coaching role.

“I could play two more years if I really wanted to as club rugby is a very special thing for me, it’s what I love about the game,” said Tindall, who married equestrian star Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne, in 2011.

“But you have to face the big bad world some time and now is the right time to do that.

“After 17 years it’s time to retire from rugby. I have been lucky to play with and against some great players, for two great clubs and had some amazing times. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through my career.”

The centre racked up 75 caps for England including helping Sir Clive Woodward’s side to the 2003 World Cup triumph against Australia.

Tindall was pivotal to England’s grand slam victory in 2003, but later found himself in hot water in a wretched 2011 World Cup campaign in New Zealand.

England’s disappointing performance in 2011 led to coach Martin Johnson’s exit and the end of Tindall’s international career, after he was resoundingly criticised for a night out during the tournament.

Tindall said he will seek media work with BT Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live rather than chase a full-time coaching role.

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