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England star ready to forsake royal honeymoon

England star ready to forsake royal honeymoon

Mike Tindall appears ready to forsake his royal honeymoon in an attempt to secure his place in England's rugby team for the World Cup.
Tindall, who will be sidelined for 12 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair ankle ligament damage, is to marry Zara Phillips _ Queen Elizabeth II's eldest granddaughter _ on July 30 in Edinburgh.
England plays its first warmup match ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand seven days later, against Wales at Twickenham. Coach Martin Johnson said Tuesday that Tindall has declared his availability for the match.
"He spoke to me and said, 'I'm getting married at the end of July,'" Johnson said. "I said that obviously that was a week before the first (warmup) game, and he said, 'Right, I'm available for the first game.'
"That was the way he left it. He said he'd be available but we can have that conversation closer to the time."
Tindall, who was a member of England's World Cup-winning team in 2003, recently captained the team to the Six Nations title in the absence of regular skipper Lewis Moody.
The Gloucester center missed England's final match _ the crushing 24-8 defeat to Ireland that cost Johnson's side the Grand Slam _ with an ankle injury that forced him off at halftime of the 22-6 win over Scotland on March 13.
Johnson said that injury will keep Tindall out for the rest of the season.
"He went in yesterday and was examined and had an operation on his medial deltoid ligament in his ankle, with an expected return of 12 weeks," Johnson said.
England's next game is that Aug. 6 warmup against Wales, which will then play the English at home a week later.
England then takes on Ireland in Dublin on Aug. 27 before heading to New Zealand for the World Cup.


Updated : 2021-08-05 01:11 GMT+08:00