London - Mike Tindall, part of the England side that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup, announced his retirement from rugby on Tuesday.
35-year-old centre, who turned out 75 times for his country, wrote on
his official Twitter feed: "After 17 years it's time to retire from
"I have been lucky to play with/against some great players,
two great clubs and had some amazing times. Thank you to everyone who
has supported me through my career!"
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.
disappointing performance in 2011 led to coach Martin Johnson's exit
and the end of Tindall's international career, after he was heavily
criticised for a night out during the tournament.
married to Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011,
started his career with Bath in 1997 and spent eight seasons at the Rec
before moving to their West Country rivals Gloucester.
almost a decade at Gloucester and became the club's player-coach
following the arrival of director of rugby Nigel Davies in 2012.
he had not been offered a playing contract at the Cherry and Whites for
next season, Tindall had the chance to become the club's full-time
backs coach, but the sacking of Davies in May and subsequent appointment
of Nick Walshe as backs and attack specialist left that proposal void.
who is now set to work as a television pundit, added on
www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk: "I could play two more years if I really
wanted to but club rugby is a very special thing for me, it's what I
love about the game.
"I had to ask myself if I wanted to go and play somewhere else.
"Can you get emotionally attached to another club? Because that is the pull of club rugby for me.
"It's a little bit daunting going into something where I am out of my comfort zone but at the same time it is exciting."