England legend Mike Tindall scores crucial last-minute try on rugby return - Ruck

England legend Mike Tindall scores crucial last-minute try on rugby return

England Rugby hosted a special game to celebrate everything great about grassroots rugby.

A Mike Tindall XV squared off against a James Haskell XV as part of the RFU’s Play Together, Stay Together campaign at Aylesbury Rugby Club.

Taking to the pitch were a range of ex-internationals including Phil Vickery, Matt Banahan, Lee Mears, Delon Armitage and Tom Wood alongside Mike while James and Alex Payne coach from the side-line.

The game ended 36-36 following a last-gasp try from England legend Tindall, which you can watch below.

​If you’re interested in finding out more about the campaign behind the match search for #PlayTogetherStayTogether on social media.

Mike Tindall Facts:

  1. Tindall is married to Zara Phillips, the daughter of Anne, Princess Royal, and the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  2. He is regarded as one of the best players to never wear the Lions jersey, However, he did play against them as part of a Barbarians XV in 2013.
  3. Tindall, whose nose was famously broken at least eight times during his rugby career, underwent a surgery in 2018 which fixed the fractures.
  4. Mike’s sometimes nickname is “The Fridge” due to his sizeable 6ft 2inch bulk.
  5. Every year since 2013, Mike has hosted an event called ISPS HANDA Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic, where several celebrities come together to raise money and awareness for disability groups and in aid of curing Parkinson’s disease


7 rugby legends you didn’t realise were still playing…

For fans of a certain age, it’s distressing to see the emergence of rugby players who were born in the 2000s.

It’s a reminder that you’re much older than you think, and that you’ve probably missed your chance to turn pro.

Below, we have rounded up five internationals that we are certain you will be surprised to learn are still playing. 

Did we miss anybody particularly noteworthy? Make sure you let us know in the comments below. 

#1. Phil Vickery (England)

  • Age: 46
  • Total caps:78
  • Last appearance: vs New Zealand (June 2014)

The World Cup-winning tighthead has played in four or five charity games this season and doesn’t appear to have lost a step.

He retired with 73 England caps and five Test appearances for the Lions, three of them against Australia in 2001 and two versus the Springboks in 2009.Advertisement

Although he missed the 2003 Grand Slam campaign through injury, Vickery returned to play a key role in England’s World Cup triumph in Australia.

#2. Dan Carter (New Zealand)

The All Black legend played a match for his childhood club Southbridge last month, scoring 12 points for his boyhood side. He played the full 80 minutes and scored six of his seven kicks at goal as his side beat West Melton 54-14. Following the game, Carter revealed he intends to play a bigger part at his local club moving forward.