Michael James Tindall, MBE (born 18 October 1978) is a rugby player who plays Outside centre for Gloucester Rugby and is the current captain of the England team. He is the fiancé of Zara Phillips, the daughter of HRH The Princess Royal and the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II.
Tindall was born in Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, and was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, while his father Phil captained Otley. He refused braces to straighten his teeth, one of his greatest regrets; and served fish and chips from a van while studying.
Tindall joined Bath straight from school, as an 18-year-old in 1997. At that point the centre pairing at Bath and England were Jeremy Guscott and Phil de Glanville. But after the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Tindall stepped up to become a regular fixture at both club and country level, making his debut against Ireland at Twickenham in 2000 alongside Mike Catt.