"Hates them" - Mike Tindall explains how he earned his royal medals - Ruck

“Hates them” – Mike Tindall explains how he earned his royal medals

Mike Tindall, a former rugby player and part of the royal family, has been awarded three medals since his marriage to Zara in 2011.

The first medal, an MBE, was given to him in December 2003 for his contribution to rugby after helping the England team win the Rugby World Cup in Australia.

The other two medals were awarded to him for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond and Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

ccording to reports, he is expected to wear all three medals during King Charles’ coronation.

In response to public criticism after wearing the medals to The Queen’s funeral, Tindall spoke about his dislike for wearing them on his podcast, ‘The Good, The Bad & The Rugby’, which he hosts with fellow former rugby player James Haskell and Alex Payne.

He stated, “It has been an interesting one. We’ve had this discussion on the fact that I hate wearing them anyway.

“I think you would be the same because you class medals as a military honour. Any serviceman, I am deeply appreciative of your service, and I have not served anywhere and actually haven’t done anything to achieve those medals apart from being in the family.”

Tindall went on to explain why he was awarded the medals, saying: “So the jubilee medals, obviously I got married in 2011, so 2012 was the diamond jubilee, and you get a medal if you’re part of the family. The people who work in her household get a medal, and if you’ve been serving in the armed forces for five years and you’re actively in service, you get one too.

“So it’s harder for people in the military to actually get a jubilee medal unless they served for a long time. There’s been a lot more as you get a lot more celebrations later in life, so 50, 60, 70, that’s where I got one, and the other one was my MBE.”


The Only 3 Players From Rugby World Cup 2003 Still Playing

Longevity in the game of rugby union is a trait that is criminally underrated.

On average, a rugby player’s professional career tends to last 10-12 years, but there are some players who have defied the odds with their incredible longevity.

RUCK decided to take an interesting look back at the 2003 World cup, held in Australia, in which England emerged victorious.

The younger generation of rugby fans may not have a good recollection of the spectacle, but there are only three players who played in that tournament that are still active in rugby today.

So, which players still playing today were at the 2003 World Cup?

#1. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

Current club: Toulon

Parisse is to retire at the end of the season but is still hoping to win more caps before he hangs up his boots.

His retirement will bring an end to a 21-year playing career during which he has won two Top 14 titles and a Challenge Cup.

“I will finish next June. I know that after twenty years in professional rugby, there will be difficult moments,” Parisse told French rugby website Rugbyrama.

“I know that I will miss rugby and I am trying to prepare myself for this period of my life in the best possible conditions.”

The 39-year-old made his professional rugby debut with Benetton Treviso in 2003 but spent most of his career with Stade Français after racking up over 250 appearances with them between 2005 and 2019 before joining Toulon.

He is also the most-capped Italy player with 143 Test appearances and is still hoping to have one final display at the international level despite not being part of the Six Nations squad announced by Kieran Crowley.

“I haven’t given up on my international career. I still think I’m on the radar and if the coach calls me I’ll be happy to answer his call,” the Argentine-born Parisse said.

“In the meantime, I’m trying to concentrate on the things I can control: my fitness, my lifestyle, my performances.”