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Zara and husband all smiles in NZ

Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall appeared all smiles as they left their New Zealand hotel on Friday in an apparent show of wedded bliss.

The newlyweds, pictured for the first time since the rugby star was caught on CCTV kissing and hugging a woman in a Queenstown bar, were reunited on Thursday amid speculation that she would have stern words for her husband.

However, Ms Phillips appeared happy and relaxed as she followed Tindall from the Southern Cross Hotel in Dunedin where England's rugby World Cup squad is based. With sunglasses perched on her head and wrapped up in a grey poncho, she showed no hint of strain following last week's nightclub controversy.

The Queen's granddaughter, 30, had always been expected to fly to New Zealand to support the team but it was suggested she brought her flight forward for showdown talks.

Sources have played down Tindall's encounter with the woman in the Altitude Bar, describing her as an "old friend" of the couple, but the 32-year-old rugby star has faced a barrage of questions about the incident.

At a press conference, he insisted he had spent the past few days concentrating on training as he answered questions ahead of England's next match and the 2003 World Cup-winning centre insisted the last week had not been difficult, telling reporters: "You just get on and train."

The pair married at the end of July in Edinburgh in front of the Queen and the Royal Family, and had been apart for more than three weeks before they met on Thursday.

Since the controversial CCTV footage emerged, much of the coverage of England's efforts to win the World Cup have focused on Tindall's night-out.

In the video, he can be seen wrapping his left arm around the woman before they share a kiss. He then bows his head and she grabs it with both hands, kissing his crown. After the footage was posted online, pictures appeared in newspapers around the world.

Jonathan Dixon, a 40-year-old bouncer, has appeared at Queenstown District Court in connection with the CCTV film. He was charged with accessing a computer system for dishonest purposes and was remanded on bail. He did not enter a plea and is due in court again on October 3.


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