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Lively training session the perfect tonic for Tindall

09 September 2011

  • Tindall primed and ready for Argentina clash
  • The boys have been looking sharp – Tindall
England captain Mike Tindall in training

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England training was “a bit lively” yesterday according to Mike Tindall and England's skipper says the tasty tackles and fierce work on the floor was ideal preparation for a battle at the breakdown with Argentina tomorrow.

Tindall will captain England for the seventh time against Los Pumas at Otago Stadium, and the Otley-born centre is relishing his first Rugby World Cup appearance since the 2003 final in Sydney.

“Training’s been great all week – the boys have been looking sharp and in good form and we need to carry that onto the pitch. We know how good Argentina can be if you let them. If you make early mistakes that feeds what they’re all about so we need to be switched on from the start."

England captain Mike Tindall in training

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The 32-year-old World Cup winner will surpass Will Carling's record as England's most-capped centre with his 73rd international bow and will line up alongside England's youngest-ever World Cup player in Manu Tuilagi, who surpasses Jonny Wilkinson’s previous record by 15 days.

Tindall added: “We went well against Ireland, but that was only one game. Manu’s a great talent and we know that. The more we can get him in the game the better. Argentina have a strong pack, a good fly half and good wings. If you don’t respect them they will make a fool out of you.

“We’re under no illusions as to how good they can be, but at the same time we have to make sure that we get our game right. The key for us is to evolve after each game and keep on improving, but at the moment our focus is on Argentina and we’ll take it from there.”