Mike Tindall, centre on England’s victorious 2003 World Cup side, has announced his retirement from rugby today.

The 35-year-old made 75 international appearances for England and was player-coach at Gloucester last season but has not been offered a new contract. He joined the Cherry-and-Whites from Bath in 2005.

Tindall’s retirement comes four days after his close friend and former teammate Iain Balshaw called time on his playing career.

Tindall told the Gloucester Citizen:

“”International rugby and the Lions are great but club rugby is your bread and butter and dictates where you go in your life,
“I had to ask myself if I wanted to go and play somewhere else. Can you get emotionally attached to another club? I don’t think you can.
“I wouldn’t have thought I will be back. You have to face the big bad world sometime and now is the right time to do that.”

Twitter, predictably, was kind to the old battering ram when the news came through.

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