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As a triumphant first-time England captain against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in early February Mike Tindall MBE had a double landmark to celebrate.
It was 11 years to the day after that match since Mike had made a try-scoring debut in the 50-18 win over Ireland in the inaugural Six Nations Championship match at Twickenham.
He also became the thirteenth England player to reach 70 caps when his side beat Scotland 22-16 at Twickenham in mid March. Mike went on to lead his country for the seventh time in the 13-9 RWC victory over Argentina in Dunedin six months later when he became the most capped England centre, with 73, one more than Will Carling.
A formidable tackler, runner and creator of opportunities for others, he has recovered from ankle, foot, shoulder injuries and a lacerated liver that prevented him from playing in more internationals.
He figured in all except one of England's seven RWC matches in 2003 and illustrated his gritty qualities in the final success over Australia but missed the 2007 tournament because of a broken leg. Mike also shared in the 21-20 win over the Wallabies at Sydney in June last year. It was his third victory over the hosts on Australian soil.
A knee injury had prevented him from being available for the matches against Argentina in June 2009 and the British & Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa.
Almost half of his England appearances have been in the Championship. His highlights include being an influential figure in the 2003 Grand Slam decider against Ireland in Dublin when he scored a try that pointed the way towards a 42-6 triumph.
He had also touched down when England beat Australia 25-14 in Melbourne later that year – a result that foreshadowed the RWC success. His fourteenth try and third against Italy dovetailed with his first Twickenham appearance as England’s captain in February this year.
His appointment as joint captain of Gloucester for 2009-10 with Gareth Delve illustrated the esteem in which he is held at Kingsholm where he first wore a cherry and white jersey in 2005 after eight seasons with Bath Rugby. After Gareth left to join Melbourne Rebels, Mike became the outright captain for 2010-11.
He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, played for Yorkshire Schools and was a member of the same England 18 Group team as Jonny Wilkinson.
In March this year, he agreed a 12-month contract extension with Gloucester. His charitable work includes taking part in and winning ITV’s All-Star Poker Challenge in 2005 and donating the £25,000 prize to The Parkinson’s Disease Society. Rugby runs in the Tindall family with Phil, his father, a former captain of Otley
74 points – 14T, 2C
2000 I, F, W, It, S, SA(1,2), A, Arg, SA 2001 W(R), R, SA(R) 2002 S, I, F, W, It, NZ, A, SA 2003 It, S, I, NZ, A, F World Cup –G, SA, F, W, F(R), A 2004 W, F, NZ(1,2), A, C, SA, A 2005 A, NZ, Sam 2006 W, It, S, F, I(R) 2007 S, It, I, F 2008 W, NZ(1,2) 2009 W, I, F, S 2010 F, A(1,2), NZ, A, SA 2011 W, It, F, S, W, I World Cup - Arg, R, S
Last updated: October 03, 2011