Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

New deal for Tindall

Mike Tindall has made 28 appearances for the club this season

Mike Tindall has signed a new contract to continue as player-coach at Gloucester next season.

The England World Cup winner was released as a player last summer and seemed bound for France until he accepted the dual role under new director of rugby Nigel Davies.

Tindall has made 28 appearances for the Cherry and Whites this season and he is credited by the likes of Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees for helping their rise into England colours.

"It's been a great year and a year that I've really enjoyed, especially on the playing side. It's been my best season for the last couple of years," Tindall said.

"To be able to combine the two roles for another year is great for me.

"It's been a challenge, I won't lie. It's a completely different role as I'm still out there training and playing but now have this new set of responsibilities, but it's been a good challenge and I'm enjoying it."

Tindall will continue his education this summer when he links up with the Barbarians in a player-coach capacity for their games against England and the British and Irish Lions.

The 34-year-old has thrived working under Davies at Kingsholm, a place he has called home for the last eight seasons after moving from Bath.

"I've embraced the way that Nigel has done things. He's been a breath of fresh air and come in and just let the players play," Tindall added. "He's kept it very simple, made the environment a very positive one and encouraged people to go out and enjoy themselves. I think that's probably why you've seen us make the progress we have this year.

"The big challenge for us next year is consistency. To lose to teams at the bottom, yet beat all of the top four, and push most of them away from home as well, mean there are some frustrations as well as enjoyment. But if we can progress in the same way next year, then I think we'll be in a really strong place."

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