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England rugby's Mike Tindall sacked following World Cup antics

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By Kev Hedges     Nov 11, 2011 in Sports
Mike Tindall has been sacked from the England elite squad and fined £25,000 ($40,000) in a decision that may spell the end of his international rugby career.
Tindall was fired in the wake of England's shameful World Cup campaign in New Zealand in September. Just one day after England narrowly beat an unfancied Argentinian side 13-9, players were seen quaffing shots and having a fun night out in a night club called Altitude Bar. Tindall, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, was seen frolicking and kissing with an ex-girlfriend Jessica Palmer. The CCTV footage of the antics were released to the press by a doorman at the club.
The Queen's granddaughter flew out to New Zealand the next day in what was seen as an attempt to diffuse the controversy at the time. Rugby Football Union's (RFU) Director Rob Andrew said, "Tindall's behaviour was unacceptable and amounted to a very serious breach of our code of conduct.", reports the DailyMailUK.
The 33-year-old has captained his country before and was part of the World Cup winning team in Australia eight-years ago. England coach, Martin Johnson then had to reprimand flanker James Haskell and fullback Chris Ashton - they were given £5,000 suspended fines following lewd and sexist remarks made to a hotel chambermaid.
England's controversial month in New Zealand came to a head when Tuilagi was formally warned by authorities and fined £3,000 ($5000) by England rugby officials after jumping from a ferry in Auckland.
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