Mike Tindall revealed he had already considered moving to France during his rugby career, but decided to stay in the UK with his wife Zara.
Speaking in an interview with Scottish rugby player Greig Laidlaw on his podcast series, The good, the bad and the rugby, Mike said: “I watched it in 2011, Toulon [rugby club] sort of saying they were interested.
“I was a little worried that it was a World Cup year and didn’t really want to go back right after the World Cup because I don’t know any of the boys and obviously the language. ”
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He added: “I considered going to Aix-en-Provence just for a lifestyle thing, but unfortunately when your wife has 11 horses it makes things a little more complicated, and I don’t feel like commute, so I ended up staying in Gloucester.
“It would have been great. I think if it had been another time, in terms of family situation. It just wouldn’t have worked for the family. ”
Mike and Zara, who come from welcomed their third child, Lucas, married to Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh in July 2011. They are also the parents of Mia, seven, and Lena, two.
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Mike and Zara on their wedding day in 2011
Zara is an accomplished equestrian like her mother, Princess Anne, and won a silver medal as part of the Great Britain Eventing Team at the London 2012 Olympics.
The couple first met at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, when Mike was part of the winning England squad. He officially announced his retirement from professional rugby in 2014.
Mike also revealed during the interview that New Zealand Rugby Union coach John Kirwin once asked if he wanted to play for the Auckland Blues.
The father of three said: “I literally wanted to do it, but I just couldn’t do it, the family can’t move there, Zara can’t run his sport from there. ”
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