Does Mike Tindall admit defeat? “ Not on your Nelly, ” said Princess Anne’s son-in-law
Zara Tindall probably knows this already, but royal fans might be surprised to learn that her husband Mike isn’t all he seems.
Because behind the affable character, jokey clearly lies an extremely stubborn character with an iron will.
Mike Tindall has just revealed his true nature in his Good. Bad and the Rugby podcast in which he and his two co-hosts talked about “golden oldies” who played the game until their late 30s.
During the discussion, the 42-year-old admitted that he not only refused to gracefully withdraw from the England squad in 2011, the year he married the Queen’s granddaughter, but also told his boss that he could survive him.
Mike admitted England coach Stuart Richardson came to see him at the house while he was living with Zara in a Â£ 1.2million house in Cheltenham and told him to announce his retirement.
But the father of three, who won 75 caps for England between 2000 and 2011, refused to admit defeat as he was “chip and chairman”.
Speaking to former player James Haskell on their podcast, avid poker player Mike started singing the Death March Dun Dun De Dun when James spoke of “rest” and retirement.
After listening to James say he refused to announce his retirement, Tindall said the same had happened to him.
“I don’t know why people are giving you the opportunity to retire from international rugby,” said the former England rugby captain who lives with Zara on Princess Anne’s estate in Gatcombe Park.
And he disagreed with presenter Alex Payne who told him that this was a good way for players to control the narrative, because it’s better to retire than to be sacked.
“It depends on how much you need to stroke your ego, doesn’t it?” he said.
âI had this opportunity, I knew I was never going to play for England again.
âI knew when Stuart Lancaster came by and he told me he was never going to choose me no matter how I played. He said, ‘I have to go with a bunch of younger players so you can announce your retirement. ”
“I said, ‘I’m not going to announce that I’m going to retire. You might not last that long “.”
Mike met Zara in Australia when he was a member of the England squad that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup and they tied the knot in 2011, the year he played his last international.
But he did not officially retire until 2015 when he left Kingsholm.
“Maybe it could have been different if I was going to retire from the whole of rugby, then that would be it, you would do both at the same time,” he said.
âBut just at random they say ‘look, we need someone’, I was never going to put myself in that situation.
“I am a flea and a president is not me. If there is a chance.”
The term is a reference to poker for someone who never gives up and still believes they can win when they reach their last chip.
During his international career, Tindall, who was known as The Fridge because of his volume, had to constantly battle injury to play for the national team.
In February 2008, he said he was “happy to be alive” after being stretched with internal bleeding and a perforated liver.
But he continued to play and appeared in hundreds of matches with Bath and Gloucester until he finally retired in 2015.
Alex Payne expressed dismay at not wanting to come out with tributes and an official announcement in 2011, but Tindall had none.
He said, “I think it’s you admitting defeat that it’s not good enough. I’m not giving that to you. Never. Not on your Nelly.”
Ironically, in 2015 Tindall defended the coach who tried to get him to retire amid pressure to quit after a dismal performance from England. He said he had learned to respect the way he brought in new talent.
He later told The Times that retiring from his athletic career was a “dark” time in his life and that it also left him with financial worries.
He said, âSuddenly you wake up and you have nowhere to go. You don’t have your 30 best friends that you’re definitely going to see that day.
âYou always care about the money. I was very lucky to have had a few ambassadorial roles, so you know there is money coming in, but the sponsorship won’t last forever.