Mia Tindall, eight, 'can't wait to start contact rugby next year'

Following in Dad’s footsteps! Mia Tindall, eight, ‘can’t wait to start contact rugby next year’, father Mike reveals – after the youngster kept insisting she ‘didn’t like’ the sport

  • Mike Tindall, 43, has revealed how daughter Mia, eight, ‘loves’ playing rugby
  • Father-of-three said eldest daughter is ‘excited to play contact rugby’ next year
  • He previously revealed how she kept insisting she ‘didn’t like’ playing the sport 
  • The former rugby ace won 75 caps for England between 2000 and 2011 
  • Meanwhile wife Zara is also professional athlete, having competed in Olympics

Mike Tindall has revealed how his eldest daughter Mia ‘can’t wait to start contact rugby’ next year in a new interview. 

The former England Rugby Pro, 43, who is married to the Queen’s eldest granddaughter Zara Tindall, previously said his daughter was part of a team but often insisted she ‘didn’t like’ the sport before playing. 

However he has now explained times have changed in recent months, telling Hello: ‘She loves it and she’s excited that she can begin contact rugby next year.’

Mike is a former rugby union international who also played outside centre for Bath and Gloucester, having also won 75 caps for England between 2000 and 2011. 

Mike Tindall, 43, has revealed how his eldest daughter Mia, eight, ‘can’t wait to start contact rugby’ next year in a new interview

Meanwhile Mike’s fellow The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast presenter James Haskall went on to hint at Mia’s playful character.

He said: ‘I’d love my daughter to be like Mia, a perfect blend of fun and laughter with a bit of character about her.’

Little Mia, who is 22nd in line to the throne, is the eldest of Mike and Zara’s three children, Princess Anne’s granddaughter and a big sister to Lena, three, and Lucas, 10 months.

He previously said his daughter was part of a team but often insisted she ‘didn’t like’ the sport before playing. 

Mike is a former rugby union international who also played outside centre for Bath and Gloucester, having also won 75 caps for England between 2000 and 2011

Speaking on an episode of his podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby earlier this year, he said: ‘It’s always hard to get Mia to go, she’s like ‘I don’t like it’ and then you get there, and she’s off.’

Mike explained: ‘Mia scored a couple… it was an eight-all thriller in the first game and then a nine-all thriller in the second.’

Commenting on his daughter’s involvement in tag rugby, Mike later added: It’s funny how much she’s changed over the last, sort of, this year, since they’ve been back.

‘[She’s] figuring out how to avoid people because before they’d just all be really bunched in.

Meanwhile Mike’s fellow The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast presenter James Haskall said Mia was ‘a perfect blend of fun and laughter’  with a ‘bit of character about her’ (pictured with her father Mike and younger sister Lena) 

‘Now they’re getting more, where they run across but then they’re all stepping back, and people are just falling around.’

Mia has joined her parents for a series of rare public appearances in recent weeks at  a variety of royal events.

The eight-year-old joined his parents Mike and Zara at the Easter Mattins Service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last month. 

Mia has made a series of public appearances in the last month, including joining Zara and Mike at the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service 

Zara teamed the £350 statement LK Bennett dress with nude heels and a striking pillbox-style headpiece, while schoolgirl Mia looked pretty in a blue ditsy floral dress.

The couple left their youngest children, Lucas, one, and Lena, three, at home. 

Meanwhile she also appeared alongside Zara and Mike at the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service earlier this month.   

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