Rugby bosses defend Mike Tindall's night out

Thursday September 15, 2011

The Rugby Football Union has backed captain Mike Tindall and his team-mates following allegations in the Sun about a night out in New Zealand.

Some players were pictured in the newspaper drinking in bars on Sunday after their World Cup win over Argentina.

"Like all the lads, Mike plays for England with a massive amount of passion and was relaxing after a tough match," said the RFU in a statement.

Mike - married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips - and his team were also supported by the England team manager after several of the squad went bungee-jumping and white-water rafting.

"What they do when they're training is far more dangerous," said Martin Johnson.

"We need a balance. We came to Queenstown to prepare for a game against Georgia.

"They've not been skiing, as that is risky. They're all sensible and they're all big boys, so it's fine with me."

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