Foden fired up for Tindall farewell
Ben Foden is determined to give Mike Tindall a Twickenham send-off to remember after the former England captain was named in the Barbarians team for Sunday's non-cap international.
Tindall will start at inside centre in a Barbarians side that will be captained by John Smit and also features former England internationals Paul Sackey and Iain Balshaw. England coach Stuart Lancaster expects Tindall will have "a point to prove" considering his 75-cap international career ended on such a sour note after the Rugby World Cup.
Foden agreed - but warned Tindall that England are willing to give as good as they get ahead of a challenging three-Test summer tour to South Africa. "I am sure he will be looking to get a few cheap shots on us," Foden said.
"Tins will be looking forward to coming here to Twickenham and sticking it to us. It will be good to see him playing and a good way to say goodbye to Tins as well - hopefully we will stuff them."
Tindall's antics off the field at the World Cup in New Zealand created more headlines than his performances on it and led to him being fined £15,000 by the Rugby Football Union.
Danny Care was ejected from the England squad for the Six Nations following a series of drink-related misdemeanours and Foden has been caught up in off-field incidents himself. Pictures of the Northampton full-back dancing naked in a Barcelona nightclub while on his stag do found their way into a national newspaper.
Foden admitted episodes like the World Cup make every player realise how careful they must be while out in public - but it is a sacrifice he is prepared to make.
"You have to be on your guard a little bit," Foden said. "Having guys like Tins being involved in the squad, who is married to royalty, and guys like myself being engaged to a pop star (The Saturdays' Una Healy), the public profile rises and you have to be careful.
"You have to make sure you represent your country 24 hours a day. People can take videos and pictures without you even knowing. A picture speaks a thousand words and some things can be taken massively out of context."
Barbarians team to play England: M Muliaina; P Sackey, C Laulala, M Tindall, I Balshaw; S Donald, R Lawson; N Tialata, J Smit (capt), J Afoa, M Chisholm, A van Zyl, E Joubert, J Beattie, A Qera. Replacements: B August, D Jones, P Taele, R Lakafia, J Fillol, F Contepomi, S Tagicakibau.