Tindall targeting Lions tour

World Cup winner Mike Tindall is confident of being fit for the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand despite missing the whole of the Six Nations through injury. [more]

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World Cup winner Mike Tindall is confident of being fit for the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand despite missing the whole of the Six Nations through injury.

A shoulder and, more recently, foot injury have kept the Bath and England centre sidelined since December, but Tindall, who will play for Bath’s west-country rivals Gloucester next season, told BBC’s Rugby Special programme he would be fit in time for the summer tour.

"I’m aiming to be fit by 18 April and hope I can play from then," he said.

"I’ve spoken to Sir Clive Woodward and he understands the situation, so I just hope that I can get on the tour."

Standing in the 26-year-old’s way for a place in the Test side stand Ireland pair Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy as well as rising Wales star Gavin Henson.

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But, after missing out on the 2001 tour to Australia with a knee injury, Tindall says he will be happy just to have the chance to compete for the famous red shirt.

"I’m quite laid back about it to be honest – it’s quite hard for me to expect to be pushing for a Test spot," he said.

"But after what’s happened this season at least Clive knows I’ll be 100% fresh!"

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