Tindall fined and axed

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DISGRACED rugby star Mike Tindall is to appeal against a $51,000 fine levied as punishment for his infamous boozy night out in Queenstown.

The England player – married to royal Zara Phillips – was caught on security cameras cavorting with a former girlfriend in Altitude Bar during the Rugby World Cup.
 
Tindall, 33, was fined by the Rugby Football Union on Friday for his “unacceptable” misconduct.
 
The former captain was also dropped from the elite playing squad (EPS) – which means he is unlikely to ever represent his country again.
 
But the Rugby Players’ Association says he will appeal the “extraordinary” (£25,000) fine.
 
“Mike will be appealing this unprecedented fine as per the terms of the EPS agreement,” a spokesman says.

Queenstown became the centre of an international media storm after members of the England squad’s heavy drinking on Sunday, September 11.
 
That night they attended a “midget wrestling” competition in Altitude Bar before moving on to Cowboy Bar and drinking until the earlier hours.
 
Footage of Tindall cavorting with a blonde – just six weeks after marrying the Queen’s granddaughter – was released onto the web.
 
England later crashed out of the tournament in the quarterfinals to France after a disappointing campaign.
 
RFU operations director Rob Andrew says: “Mike Tindall’s actions reached a level of misconduct that was unacceptable in a senior England player and amounted to a very serious breach of the EPS Code of Conduct.
 
“While we acknowledge previous good character, it needs to be made clear that what he did will not be tolerated.”
 
Tindall, who won the RWC during his 11-year playing career with England, is now unlikely to add to his 75 caps.