Dwarf throwing shame: Video of England skipper Mike Tindall hugging mystery blonde
Published 16/09/2011 | 13:15
Video footage has emerged of England captain Mike Tindall's night out during the Rugby World Cup showing the sports star embracing a mystery woman.
Clips that appear to be CCTV images have been posted online of the player's last few minutes in a New Zealand bar as he chats to a blonde-haired woman.
Tindall had joined other squad members at the Altitude bar in Queenstown on Sunday night which was hosting a "Mad Midget Weekender".
The players were given the evening off after Tindall captained England to a 13-9 victory over Argentina in their opening game of the Rugby World Cup.
At one point the footage shows the player, who married the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips six weeks ago, wrapping his left arm around the woman before appearing to give her a kiss.
The pair continue chatting close to the bar's exit before Tindall bows his head and she grabs it with both hands and kisses his crown.
The footage is interspersed with piece-to-cameras by the uploader, who described himself as a bouncer.
At the start he stressed no one would make a "cent" from the video then midway through the footage said: "Mr Tindall your behaviour was unbecoming, especially to someone such as the Queen and Zara Phillips, I do feel for them."
He goes on to say: "Mr Tindall you gave your word to God, Queen and country, and you come to my country with the Rugby World cup and behave in a manner unbecoming of someone which is an ambassador of your country."
Tindall and the mystery woman are first shown in the video, recorded in the early hours of Monday morning, chatting at the bar before they are joined by another woman.
The footage then moves to the nightspot's entrance where the sportsman and woman continue talking and she kisses Zara's husband on the head.
The final moments show the pair outside the bar in the street where Tindall again has his arm wrapped around the mystery female.
As drinkers leave the pair are joined by a group of people before walking off out of view.
The CCTV footage has been posted on various New Zealand websites and been screened by local broadcasters.
A source described the woman in the video as an "old friend" of both Tindall and his wife who was on holiday in New Zealand.
Zara is expected to fly out to watch her husband play in the World Cup in the coming weeks.
England coach Martin Johnson has defended the right of his players to "let off a bit of steam" during a major tournament.
Johnson said before the team left for New Zealand that he would not be imposing drinking bans on the squad, and stuck by that decision today.
He said: "You have got to relieve the pressure and let off steam at the right time. It was a good idea.
"In the pressure of the World Cup you have got to find the opportunity to do things like that, enjoy yourself and let off a bit of steam.
"I had no problem with them doing that. We all know when you have a rugby team that part of it is the bonding off the field."
A spokeswoman for Zara declined to comment.