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Zara flies in for Tindall reunion

Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall have met for the first time since the rugby star was caught on CCTV kissing and hugging a woman in a bar.

The newlyweds were reunited at the New Zealand hotel where England's Rugby World Cup squad is based.

Earlier Tindall spoke for the first time since the nightclub controversy to deny suggestions the past week had been a difficult period for him.

The sportsman insisted he had spent the last few days concentrating on training as he answered questions during a press conference ahead of England's next match.

Ms Phillips landed at Dunedin and was driven away from the airport in a silver Range Rover followed by a police car to the England team's hotel.

Wives and girlfriends of players are allowed to stay in the same hotel as their partners by the England management.

Ms Phillips has flown to New Zealand to support her husband and his team-mates - something that was always planned but there is speculation she brought her flight forward to hold showdown talks.

Sources have played down Tindall's encounter last week with the woman in a New Zealand bar, describing her as an "old friend" of the newlyweds.

But the rugby star faced a barrage of questions about the incident during the press conference despite Rugby Football Union officials insisting only sports-related matters could be asked.

When Tindall, the 2003 World Cup-winning centre, was asked whether the last week had been difficult, he replied: "Not really, you just get on and train. You want to play every game and I was disappointed I didn't get a run out last weekend but you work hard and hope you get picked by the coach every week. It is as simple as that."

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