Mike Tindall is said to be 'somewhat unnerved' by reports that a white Fiat Uno has been spotted in the tunnel of New Zealand's Eden Park rugby stadium. As a team coach confirmed, "This has really put his nose out of joint."
"I'm sure it's just a bit of fun", said team manager Martin Johnson. "I've assured him that the Royal Family won't be in the slightest bit concerned about him being spotted out drinking with a mystery blonde. They're hardly the sort to hold a grudge against jilted family members, even if he has only been married to Zara Philips for two months."
But Johnson isn't taking any chances with his team captain. "I've advised him to turn down an offer by Alcoholics Anonymous to drive him from the changing room to the pitch in a black Mercedes. And just in case he does something completely out of character, such as ignoring my advice, we've been practicing putting on seatbelts."