The Rugby Players’ Association has paid tribute to Mike Tindall who today announced his retirement from the game.
RPA CEO Damian Hopley said: “Mike has been an outstanding and extremely popular servant to English Rugby representing both Bath and Gloucester with tremendous distinction during his 17 year professional career. That longevity is a phenomenal achievement for a centre who played the game with tremendous directness and resilience, despite his numerous injuries.
Last week saw the retirement of Tindall’s former Bath colleague and great friend, Iain Balshaw, who also had an outstanding international and club career, so Mike is officially the final member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side to hang up his boots. This closes the chapter on the finest era for English rugby and one that all home fans hope will be emulated by this current England side in the next year’s RWC.
We wish Mike and his family the very best of luck in retirement and knowing ‘Tins’ as we do, there is no doubt that he will go on to achieve continued success in his career after rugby, no matter what he turns his hand to.