Former England centre Mike Tindall has become the last of the World Cup winning squad of 2003 to retire from rugby.
The 35-year old has enjoyed a stellar career in the game spanning over two decades with Bath and Gloucester.
Last man standing
The announcement comes just four days after Iain Balshaw also decided to hang up his boots, which at the time left Tindall as the last remaining member of the famous squad.
Tindall said on Twitter: "After 17 years it’s time to retire from rugby, I have been lucky to play with/against some great players, two great clubs and had some amazing times. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through my career!”
The Gloucester centre started his career in 1997 and went on to make 75 appearances for the England side, including that memorable game in Australia when Jonny Wilkinson kicked a last minute drop goal to give them victory.
Potential coaching role
Tindall spent over a decade with Gloucester before he became a player-coach in 2012, and there was a chance that he might take over the role of backs coach with the club until director of rugby Nigel Davies was sacked in May.
He told the Gloucester Citizen: "I could play two more years if I really wanted to but club rugby is a very special thing for me, it’s what I love about the game.
“I had to ask myself if I wanted to go and play somewhere else.
“Can you get emotionally attached to another club? Because that is the pull of club rugby for me.
“I don’t think you can. I always say ‘never say never’ but I wouldn’t have thought I will be back."
He added: "You have to face the big bad world sometime and now is the right time to do that.”
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