Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

England rugby Royal hubbie Mike Tindall 'groped woman at dwarf throwing contest'

Zara Phillips and her new husband Mike Tindall kiss outside Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh after their wedding
England rugby star Mike Tindall has defended his mother-in-law after she asked him to get his nose straightened before his wedding to Zara Phillips
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall arrive for an evening reception onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith, Edinburgh

England rugby captain Mike Tindall has become engulfed in scandal following publication of claims that he kissed and groped a blonde beauty while at a dwarf throwing contest with friends.

He and other England rugby players piled on top of each other in an impromptu scrum on a boozy night out at a bar in New Zealand to celebrate victory over Argentina in their opening World Cup match.



Pictures published on Facebook show Tindall and team mates Dylan Hartley and Nick Easter larking about in the bar.



Tindall married Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Philips (30) earlier this year.

He was seen kissing and groping a blonde girl and rubbed his face in her breasts, according to The Sun newspaper today.



A statement released by the Rugby Football Union in response to The Sun's allegation today said: ``Mike and several of the players were enjoying an evening out after he had led the team to a hard-earned victory over Argentina.



``Like all the lads he plays for England with a massive amount of passion and he was relaxing after a tough match.''



The statement concluded that no further comment would be made, despite the newspaper report suggesting Tindall ``kissed and groped'' the woman before burying his head in her cleavage.



England beat Argentina 13-9 last Saturday and the events allegedly took place at a Queenstown nightclub after the game.



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