Tindall 'groped' a blonde

2011-09-15 07:50

Queenstown - England chiefs defended centre Mike Tindall following allegations he'd behaved inappropriately on a night out during the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, saying he was just "relaxing".

The UK Sun tabloid reported on Thursday that Tindall, who recently married Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, had "kissed and groped" a blonde while watching a dwarf-throwing contest.

It further alleged he'd buried his head in her breasts as England enjoyed a night out in a Queenstown bar after a victory over Argentina in their opening World Cup match.

However, an England spokesperson, in a Rugby Football Union statement issued on Thursday, insisted there was nothing untoward about the conduct of Tindall, England's captain against the Pumas.

"Mike and several of the players were enjoying an evening out after he had led the team to a hard-earned victory over Argentina," the spokesperson said.

"Like all the lads he plays for England with a massive amount of passion and he was relaxing after a tough match."

The RFU statement added there would be no further comment.

Before England left for the World Cup, team manager Martin Johnson announced he would not be imposing drinking bans on his players.

"When I started playing rugby at senior level you were dealing with blokes," Johnson said last month.

"They treated us like adults and there is no reason to change that now they are professionals and things are far more organized in the game.

"They are there to make sensible decisions - if I can't trust them, there is a simple choice for us to make."

Four players, none of whom are in the World Cup squad, found themselves caught up in a sex scandal during England's ill-fated tour of New Zealand in 2008 and Johnson also said last month he'd repeatedly reminded his team about the need to avoid compromising situations.

"You have got to be careful - it is a different world to what it was.

"I remember going there (New Zealand) 18 years ago as a British Lion and the boys had good fun but you have got to be careful."

Tindall, 33 next month, is one of the most experienced players in England's squad, having been a member of the team that won the 2003 World Cup when Johnson was captain.

The Gloucester midfielder has been capped 73 times by England and led the side in their 13-9 win over Argentina in the absence of injured squad skipper Lewis Moody.

England continue their Pool B campaign against Georgia in Dunedin on Sunday.


  • ae.remote - 2011-09-15 08:09

    In this overly politically correct world, I am so glad to see that they still allow dwarf throwing contests

      StaalBurgher - 2011-09-15 10:57

      Hahaha! The little blighters need to earn their keep somehow.

  • Oom Filimon - 2011-09-15 08:32

    I wonder in this guy would feel the same if his wife was doing similar "stuff" if she was on tour with a sports team.....................

      Adrian Dunphy - 2011-09-15 14:51

      well she works with horses so that would be considered worse i suppose

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-16 11:49

      I'm sure when she married him she knew what she was getting herself into. These okes have droves of woman running after them who will do anything to get it on with them. When you mix with dogs you may get fleas.

  • Mabilel - 2011-09-15 08:38

    Dwarf throwing contest??????????????............. this sucks!

  • sasa - 2011-09-15 08:58

    I've always wanted to enter a dwarf throwing contest. Tindal had a good night: beat the Pumas, beer, boobs, and dwarf throwing... doesn't get much better than that!!!

      IAmSipho - 2011-09-16 10:56

      Only if you're short enough

  • Weepee - 2011-09-15 09:00

    Leave that thing alone Mike you don't know where it's been.

  • buldozersema - 2011-09-15 09:01

    well he's in with the royals now - he's taking his cue from prince charles, who will forget his declarations to camilla about wanting to be her tampon?

  • Gridlock - 2011-09-15 09:25

    How refreshing! None of this could have happened across the Tasman Sea. New Zealand appears not to bow to political correctness and petty health and safety regulations. Still it rubs one up the wrong way (as indeed Tindall is purported to have done)when a national team/group of lads nips out for a few beers to relax and a very recently married man now a member of the Royal Family and by extension a role model to all readers of Horse & Hound and Hello “kisses and gropes” someone/something. It’s not PC to imply as the UK Sun does that a “blonde” is an attractive woman of easy virtue often found in bars rather than one of the contestants or a local variety of sheep. Some of my best friends are blondes. If I found my sister in a bar kissing an Englishman I’d disown her and so would her husband. Speaking from experience it is not possible to watch dwarf throwing with one’s head buried in a woman’s breasts unless you have a dentist’s mirror and a straw for your beer. At least these guys were in a pub/dwarf tossing arena and not breaking into shops and as such set a reasonable example to their country’s youth and student population. On the other hand this all sound like a pretty decent way to relax between matches and perhaps the Springboks could learn from this? Let’s also hope that the dwarves were all willing participants. At least now we can see how Tindall’s nose got broken in the first place, but if this story is a fabrication then I feel for Tindall and his young wife.

      Zip23 - 2011-09-15 09:39

      Me thinks you should get a life.

      Winston - 2011-09-15 09:50

      Very amusing and interesting chirp Gridlock. It reflects intellect, which positively dwarfs Zip23, who obviously lacks any capacity for intelligent wit and good prose

  • robadog - 2011-09-15 09:37

    What's wrong with the critics? What goes on tour STAYS on tour !! So he groped blonde sheep, big deal !!

  • Jackool - 2011-09-15 09:56

    That blonde dude must have been really upset.

      MarkC - 2011-09-15 15:51

      Maybe it was a blonde dwarf?

  • bullincapeto - 2011-09-15 10:55

    Well it looks unlikely that any blonde would grope him!

  • macrini - 2011-09-15 12:18

    Apparently (from a reliable source), Tindall was the one doing the tossing, and the 'blonde' in question was the dwarf/midget/little person being tossed. Tindall has attempted to throw the dwarf in a manner similar to a benchpress, but instead has dropped her, resulting in the dwarfs miniature boobs landing on his giant face.

  • HagenDan - 2011-09-15 12:43

    Dwarf-tossing and burying one's face in breasts in celebration of a rugby world cup victory...can an evening possibly get any better?

      macrini - 2011-09-15 22:06

      You'd be hard-pressed to top that!

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