Tindall girl a friend - wife

2011-09-17 08:34

London - England centre Mike Tindall's cosying up with a girl during a boozy night out at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand was splashed on several British newspaper front pages once more on Saturday.

VIDEO: Tindall escapade caught on TV

However, a spokesperson for his wife Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, insisted the unidentified blonde was an old friend and the incident had been "blown out of all proportion".

The story was on the front of three national newspapers on Saturday: "Zara's Agony" said the Daily Mail; "Tindall Scrums Down" read The Sun; "Zara Stands By Her Man" said The Daily Telegraph.

Video footage has emerged of Tindall with the woman in a Queenstown bar on Sunday as the England team celebrated victory over Argentina in their opening World Cup match.

Alleged security camera footage, posted on the Internet, shows the woman kissing Tindall on the head and the Gloucester captain with his arms around her.

The images, and the subsequent headlines, have forced England manager Martin Johnson to defend his players in going out and letting off steam.

Tindall married Zara Phillips, the former world eventing champion, six weeks ago in Edinburgh.

A spokesperson for Phillips was quoted in several national newspapers on Saturday as saying the woman was a friend of the family.

"This girl is a friend of Zara and Mike's and has known Mike since university days. She is an English girl living in Australia who was at their wedding," she said.

"Zara is very relaxed about all this and the whole thing has been blown out of all proportion."

Tindall, 32, is not in the England team to play Georgia on Sunday. Johnson said his decision to leave Tindall out against the Pool B minnows was in no way related to last Sunday's events.


  • sipholess - 2011-09-17 09:16

    Ahhhhh........A threesome. You go big Mike !

  • namibia24 - 2011-09-17 09:31

    mmmm sounds exciting, the royal swings!!!!!!

  • Joshua Austin - 2011-09-17 11:33

    England already doing all their talking OFF the field... Damn they are becoming the new Wales, except even more dramatic!!!

  • FJ2 - 2011-09-17 13:19

    So much for drawing hasty conclusions.

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-09-17 16:45

    Media really are pathetic

  • fortune - 2011-09-17 17:25

    Haha, no she is not, she is a kiwi girl and her name is Matilda ;&$; th , she has never been to the UK. He cheated end of story, the more the cover up the more the facts come out

      KanaMay - 2011-09-18 11:50

      For God's sake, Europeans are known to kiss on the lips for a greeting sometimes. There was no fuss when a French footballer kept kissing the Goalkeeper (on the head) before the game started !!

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