The Final Member of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup Winning Side Has Retired Paul England RUFC, Rugby Mike Tindall, centre on England’s victorious 2003 World Cup side, has announced his retirement from rugby today. After 17 years It’s time to retire from rugby,I have been lucky to play with/against some great players,Two great clubs and had some amazing — mike tindall (@miketindall13) July 15, 2014 Times. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through my career! #glawsfamily http://t.co/RQucclFUlF — mike tindall (@miketindall13) July 15, 2014 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. Congrats on an amazing career @miketindall13 All the best with whatever you do in the future! — Mike Brown (@mikebrown_15) July 15, 2014 Sad to see The Lord @miketindall13 hang up his boots. Was awesome to get to play with you mate! One of the best lads you’ll meet — danny care (@dannycare) July 15, 2014 I want to give you a final thought on @miketindall13 – if I had to play one game winner takes all – last game ever – I want him next to me. — Will Greenwood (@WillGreenwood) July 15, 2014 Time to say thank you and well done to one of the good guys today as @miketindall13 retires. Brilliant career and a good bloke all the way! — Paul Morgan (@PaulMorganrugby) July 15, 2014 #FarewellTinds @miketindall13 You are a #Rugby exemplar & a proper hard boy – Time for some cosmetic surgery? http://t.co/BChSL1MSJ2 via — Neil@Ruckstar (@ruckstarrugby) July 15, 2014 Shame to see @miketindall13 hang up the boots but great career and always a top bloke with it. — Alex Goode (@Alex_goode0) July 15, 2014 Good luck for the future @miketindall13 warrior on the pitch, gentleman off it. #glawsfamily pic.twitter.com/C2xurZyAFX — Charlie Allen (@charlee_sez) July 15, 2014 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.