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The Queen’s great-granddaughter who supports Australia: Mike Tindall admits he is struggling to stop Mia, 10, rooting for the Wallabies despite her father’s own Rugby World Cup heroics for England


  • Mia Tindall, 10, loves to play rugby, but supports Australia to her father’s despair 

Former rugby captain Mike Tindall has admitted his daughters – the late Queen’s great granddaughters – are fans of the sport, but his eldest Mia supports Australia.

Tindall, 45, said he hopes he’s not the last in his family to play for England but is struggling with the fact his daughter Mia backs his rivals.

The 2003 Rugby World Cup winner said his five-year-old Lena s already playing the sport but Mia, who is 10, cheers for Australia which is ‘awkward’.

Tindall and his wife Zara spend time down under at the beginning of each year due to being brand ambassadors for Magic Millions – the race horse auction.

His equestrian wife won an eventing silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and was named 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Both parents will support their children if they want to follow them into the sporting world, Tindall said.

Mia Tindall following a Battle of the Balls fundraiser football match in Gloucester

Mia Tindall following a Battle of the Balls fundraiser football match in Gloucester

Mia Tindall plays football with her father Mike in Gloucester

Mia Tindall plays football with her father Mike in Gloucester

Mike Tindall and daughter, Lena Tindall, five, take part in The Rugby for Heroes Fun Run

Mike Tindall and daughter, Lena Tindall, five, take part in The Rugby for Heroes Fun Run

England's Mike Tindall celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy. November 2003, Australia

England’s Mike Tindall celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy. November 2003, Australia

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: ‘Mia has a kinship with Australia and so she cheers for Australia as well which is slightly awkward when Australia is playing England.’

He added that his two-year-old son Lucas was only 20 minutes old when he watched his first game.

Despite being born in 2021, the 1996 Bath vs Wigan game happened to be on TV at the time and was the first thing his son watched.

He said that he would ‘love it’ if his children developed a passion for the sport like he did and he wants to take them to more rugby games – hoping that the more they see it, the more they will want to do it.

He added: ‘It’s a great thing to share with the kids isn’t it, live sport. It’s the kind of thing I would like to do with them.’

Zara is the granddaughter of Elizabeth II and is 21st in line for the throne.

Her husband previously revealed he now calls Prince William ‘five martinis Willy’ after joking that his wife’s cousin is ‘not the best of drinkers’.

His daughters are the great-granddaughters of the late Queen Elizabeth

His daughters are the great-granddaughters of the late Queen Elizabeth

Pictured are Princess Charlotte and Mia Tindall

Pictured are Princess Charlotte and Mia Tindall

Zara is the granddaughter of Elizabeth II and is 21st in line for the throne

Zara is the granddaughter of Elizabeth II and is 21st in line for the throne

The former rugby player, 45, told the Metro that Prince William has recently improved his tolerance to alcohol. 

Last year, Zara Tindall’s husband famously said that the royal was known was ‘One Pint Willy’ during an appearance on Rob Burrow’s podcast.

He said: ‘To be fair to him the one-pint Willy name was several years out of date and we have given him a bit of training.

‘He can now manage more than one pint. ‘We call him five martinis Willy now. I think he’s keen for it to be out there that he can manage more than a pint.’



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