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Old 11-11-2011, 05:26 PM
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Agreed. He not only acted badly as a newlywed, but he mislead his management about what really happened.
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He (or his agent) probably didn't read the contract, which normally carries a "morals" clause from which there is no recourse for the "employee."
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:58 AM
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Given the way he played in NZ he was probably for the chop anyway - at 33 he would be close to the end of his international rugby career and this really only means that they won't be not picking him next season, which was probably going to be the case.

All that they have done is not renewed his elite player contract - and from my experience with a number of these sports - it is perfectly possible to still be selected, if good enough, even if not on contract.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:57 PM
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Zara Phillips takes dogs out alone after Mike Tindall is axed by England | Mail Online
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:12 PM
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Good old DM making a story out of nothing - she regularly takes her dogs for a walk - does he always go with her? I doubt it. And they missed making the point of why he would be going anywhere - Gloucester, his club side, had to play Toulouse so no doubt he was leaving to go to work - i.e. play a game of rugby, which Gloucester lost - no doubt someone at the DM will blame Mike for that loss as well. In fact, according to the Telegraph Mike played a really good game Toulouse 21 Gloucester 17: match report - Telegraph Mike Tindall’s travails – and anger – are not going to disappear overnight but the England centre will be feeling a whole lot better this morning after one of the best performances of his club career nearly inspired a famous Gloucester win over mighty Toulouse.
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I've found that tabloids are the experts and selecting pictures to suit the spin they want to put on a "news" item--although you'd think it wouldn't be a slow enough news day to feature Zara walking her dog. All the media do it, but tabloids do it best.


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Good old DM making a story out of nothing - she regularly takes her dogs for a walk - does he always go with her? I doubt it.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:42 PM
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As far as I'm concerned, the Daily Mail missed the real story -- why was Zara wearing her Uggs when walking the dogs? I won't even wear my fake ones unless I'm certain to stay on pavement! I don't want to ruin them by stepping in anything messy.

It seems to me that Mike and Zara are just a target for the paparazzi at the moment because of the recent headlines. As soon as something more newsworthy happens, they'll be left in peace to do their normal everyday tasks.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:21 PM
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Mike's appeal has been successful and he has been reinstated to the elite squad with a reduction in the fine as well.

Mike Tindall reinstated after World Cup shame and £10,000 is knocked off his fine | Mail Online
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:24 PM
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Mike's appeal has been successful and he has been reinstated to the elite squad with a reduction in the fine as well.

Mike Tindall reinstated after World Cup shame and £10,000 is knocked off his fine | Mail Online
Excellent. I thought that was top harsh when it happened.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:32 PM
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Mike's appeal has been successful and he has been reinstated to the elite squad with a reduction in the fine as well.

Mike Tindall reinstated after World Cup shame and £10,000 is knocked off his fine | Mail Online
Ridiculous, even I believed he deserved the punishment he was given. I'll be the first one to say someone has whispered in someone elses ear.
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As far as I'm concerned, the Daily Mail missed the real story -- why was Zara wearing her Uggs when walking the dogs? I won't even wear my fake ones unless I'm certain to stay on pavement! I don't want to ruin them by stepping in anything messy.

It seems to me that Mike and Zara are just a target for the paparazzi at the moment because of the recent headlines. As soon as something more newsworthy happens, they'll be left in peace to do their normal everyday tasks.
Why am I not surprised that Mike has been reinstated and part of the fine lifted? <--- Now that's a rhetorical question. LOL

Uggs are not meant to be worn outdoors. They are houseshoes. However, she should be able to wear them whenever she wants.
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Did any other team members receive fines or suspensions for drinking and partying? If not then Mike was singled out for special punishment because of who his wife is related to. No reason for him to be treated differently than his team mates in this regard especially since the team was apparently not given a curfew or a ban on drinking/partying.
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Two other men were given lower fines as well as a warning. I suppose that Tindall's higher fine could have been because of his position with the team.

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Ridiculous, even I believed he deserved the punishment he was given. I'll be the first one to say someone has whispered in someone elses ear.

That would only be true if it equally applied to all the players who got drunk that night and who did inappropriate things.
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Why am I not surprised that Mike has been reinstated and part of the fine lifted? <--- Now that's a rhetorical question. LOL
Not rhetorical at all. Not only must justice be done, it must be seen to be done. Unfortunately that was not the case with the punishment meted out by the RFU. With no curfew, drinks ban, morals clauses, etc. Fines were a little hypocritical in that they reflected the embarrassment of those who didn't do their jobs training, organising and policing the team at the World Cup.

The disproportionately high fine on Mike was levied with a demonstrably uneven and unfair hand. In this case I think that being married to the Queen's granddaughter worked against him as he took the brunt of the retributuion. The RFU became laughing stocks by their own petty behaviour in trying to show they were so fair that no one was exempt.

Personally I think they should have saved that sort of punishment for those that harassed the chambermaid in Queenstown. Their actions brought the entire British Rugby Team into very public disrepute. They, with the backing of the RFU, are still trying to slander the victim and make us believe they were all choirboys. Yeah right!

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Uggs are not meant to be worn outdoors. They are houseshoes. However, she should be able to wear them whenever she wants.
Sorry, down in Australia or New Zealand where they came from, Uggs are definitely not house slippers! Sorry as I am to say it, they appear on the farm, on the street and, (lord have mercy) in the office . . . . . Ugh indeed!!
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Mike Tindall failed to make the cut for England's team for this season's Six Nations:

Six Nations: Owen Farrell in new-look England squad


What is the Six Nations competition?
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Does he have a future in broadcasting? Don't know how it works in the UK, much less rugby, but he would be a draw, I imagine.
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Maybe if he got his nose fixed. In all seriousness, it would be a distraction with a visual broadcast. Maybe radio? I've never heard his voice.
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Mike Tindall failed to make the cut for England's team for this season's Six Nations:

Six Nations: Owen Farrell in new-look England squad


What is the Six Nations competition?

Six Nations is an annual competition played between the six major Rugby playing nations in the Northern Hemisphere - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy.

Mike not making this team, at this time, isn't a surprise. Like many of the world's leading rugby nations 33 is getting old and there is four years to the next World Cup so many players of around his age are being passed over now for younger players so they have the experience of big games in readiness for 2015.
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Six Nations is an annual competition played between the six major Rugby playing nations in the Northern Hemisphere - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy.

Mike not making this team, at this time, isn't a surprise. Like many of the world's leading rugby nations 33 is getting old and there is four years to the next World Cup so many players of around his age are being passed over now for younger players so they have the experience of big games in readiness for 2015.
Thank you Iluvbertie. It does make sense to start giving younger players some experience. He plays for a club team (I'm not sure what you call them!) right? At what age do players generally stop playing all together?

What I'm wondering is, how much longer can he realistically play rugby, and does anyone have any ideas for what he could do in the future?
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