Despite receiving criticism over the years, in particular from Will Carling and ex-Bath fly-half Stuart Barnes, he cemented the outside centre position as his own with a partnership with inside centre Will Greenwood, playing in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Tindall played in the number 12 jersey and played at outside centre, with Greenwood in the number 13. The shirt numbers frequently misled people into thinking they played the other way around, though in fact those who watched saw that Tindall all but invariably lined up outside Greenwood. He was dropped for the semi-final in favour of Mike Catt, whose kicking was required in the rainy weather, but reinstated in the final.
Tindall missed the 2005 Six Nations with a foot injury and subsequently failed to regain his fitness for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. Described by England's former head coach, Andy Robinson as the 'heartbeat' of the side, Tindall was gradually finding his way back to form following a lengthy absence from the game during 2005.
Tindall's contract was up for renewal, but Bath have a strict salary cap policy, and after falling out with Bath owner Andrew Brownsword over the offer of an early testimonial game and further concerns over his long term fitness, Tindall ended his eight-year association with Bath and joined their West Country rivals Gloucester Rugby on a three year deal worth £150,000.
During his recouperation from another injury in 2005, Tindall entered the prestigious British Poker Open tournament, finishing in 3rd place in his heat before being eliminated by John Gale. On 18 November, 2006 Tindall made his first Guinness Premiership start of the season against third-placed Wasps. Troubled by a calf injury so far into the 2006/07 season, he had made only two appearances as a replacement, against Worcester and London Irish Tindall came back from his injury however with a much more highly rated run of form. His 10, 12 and 13 partnership of Ryan Lamb, Anthony Allen and himself inspired him to play more attacking and exciting rugby and since has become a Gloucester Rugby favourite. Gloucester supporters now affectionately hold him with high reguard and he continued the season extremely well in helping Gloucester Rugby with his own running abilities, powerful defence and tactical kicking to top spot of the Guinness Premirship.
Tindall was again included in the England starting line up for the 2007 Six Nations opener against Scotland at Twickenham, under new head coach Brian Ashton. Selected to play outside former Rugby League star Andy Farrell, the pair combined to make what is arguably the largest centre partnership in international history.
In April 2007 playing away against Newcastle Falcons in the Guinness Premiership, Tindall broke his leg in a tackle on Toby Flood and this forced him to miss the rest of the season, including the Guinness Premiership final, where his leadership would have been critical in a young backline. This also precluded his selection for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
In October 2007 Tindall returned to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up after recovering from injury against Worcester Warriors at home in the Guinness Premiership. Tindall had a fairytale comeback, scoring a try to the Shed's delight. He has since played most of Gloucester Rugby's games scoring a handful of tries including one against Ulster Rugby in the Heineken Cup, where he contributed to Gloucester Rugby setting a new record in the Tournament's history, the fastest time to score 4 tries and collect the try bonus point.
On December 7th 2007 against Bourgoin in the Heineken Cup, Tindall limped off the field with a severe shin injury in a similar tackle done against Newcastle last season when Tindall Broke his leg. Despite this injury, Tindall recovered fast and continued to play the following week, and continued his brilliant form for Gloucester.
In February 2008 Tindall was named in England Head Coach Brian Ashton's squad for the upcoming 6 Nations tournament, and thus started for England at outside centre against Wales at Twickenham on February 2nd 2008. Early in the second half of the game, Tindall dived on the ball in open play, landing on Welsh Full-back Lee Byrne's foot which pressed up into his chest. Tindall was stretchered off showing signs of severe pain, but the immediate belief was damage to his ribcage, however 45 minutes later he was rushed to hospital, where it became clear he had punctured not only his lung, but also torn a 2 inch tear in his liver, in which 2 pints of blood bled internally inside him before clogging. Tindall therefore spent the following 5 days in intensive care before he was released to return back to his home on Gatcombe Park.
Tindall has since stated in a press conference that he's just happy to be alive after his ordeal, but is looking forward to returning to the rugby field for Gloucester in what he hopes will be towards the "business end of the season" (April), however, this seems quite unlikely bearing in mind his ordeal. On top of this, in January 2008, Tindall announced a new 3 year deal signed to remain at Gloucester Rugby until the end of the 2011 season.
Legend has it that on the way back from the 2003 World Cup, Tindall broke cricketer David Boon's 52 can Sydney to London flight record for the number of cans of beer consumed on a flight.
It was reported on 19th March 2008 that Tindall had been arrested for drunk-driving, though neither Tindall or his club have commented.
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