Ben Foden promises Mike Tindall fitting farewell at Twickenham

 

Ben Foden is determined to give Mike Tindall a Twickenham farewell he will never forget after the former England captain was named in the Barbarians team for Sunday's non-cap international.

Tindall will start at inside centre in a Barbarians side that will be captained by 2007 Rugby World Cup winner John Smit.

England coach Stuart Lancaster expects Tindall will have "a point to prove" considering his 75-cap international career ended on such a sour note after last year's World Cup.

Foden warned Tindall that England are willing to give as good as they get ahead of a challenging three-Test summer tour to South Africa.

"Tins will be looking forward to coming here to Twickenham and sticking it to us," Foden said.

"It will be good to see him playing and a good way to say goodbye to Tins as well - hopefully we will stuff them."

Tindall's antics off the field at the World Cup in New Zealand created more headlines than his performances on it and led to him being fined £15,000 by the Rugby Football Union.

Foden admitted episodes like the World Cup make every player realise how careful they must be while out in public - but it is a sacrifice he is prepared to make.

Danny Care was ejected from the England squad for the Six Nations following a series of drink-related misdemeanours and Foden has been caught up in off-field incidents himself.

Pictures of the Northampton full-back dancing naked in a Barcelona nightclub while on his stag do found their way into a national newspaper.

"You have to be on your guard a little bit," Foden said.

"Having guys like Tins being involved in the squad, who is married to royalty, and guys like myself being engaged to a pop star (The Saturdays' Una Healy), the public profile rises and you have to be careful.

"You have to make sure you represent your country 24 hours a day. People can take videos and pictures without you even knowing.

"A picture speaks a thousand words and some things can be taken massively out of context.

"You have to be careful what you do, especially going on tours. We saw in NZ that things can get out of control very quickly.

"There will be odd mishaps and mistakes. As long as the people around you - Stuart Lancaster, Jim Mallinder, my fiancee - are happy then you can go on.

"That is the balance you have to live your life. But what better life to be living than playing for England?"

PA

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