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Tindall will put England first

Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall is prepared to postpone his honeymoon so he can make his comeback from an ankle operation in England's World Cup warm-up match against Wales on August 6.

The Gloucester centre is set be sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage suffered during England's RBS 6 Nations title campaign. Tindall is due to marry Zara Phillips in Edinburgh on July 30 but he has told England manager Martin Johnson he will be available to face Wales the following weekend if called upon.

"He spoke to me and said he is getting married at the end of July. I said it is a week before the first game and he said 'right, I'm available'," Johnson said. "We will have further conversations. There is a lot to play out between now and then."

England play three times in August - twice against Wales and once against Ireland - as preparation for their World Cup campaign, which kicks off against Argentina on September 10.

Johnson will bring a training squad of up to 50 players together for an extended camp on June 20, with the final 30-man World Cup squad to be confirmed by August 22.

The England boss is not concerned Tindall's enforced lay-off will affect his chances of competing at the tournament.

"Not a guy of his experience, no," Johnson said. "When you look at the games for some players between now and the World Cup, there aren't a huge amount if their clubs don't make the play-offs.

"We will manage all the players individually. Some guys might play in the Barbarians game at the end of May if they have missed a bit of rugby and are on their way back from injuries.

"Hopefully they will all go through the rest of the season playing well, get a good break and then come in. We will run some camps before June 20, which is the official World Cup camp.

"If we need to bring people in for fitness and medical reasons in May, June we will do that."