Zara and Mike together in Dunedin hotel

Zara is likely to watch England play

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 12:23 23/09/2011

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Newlyweds Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall breakfasted together under the news media glare in Dunedin this morning, with no signs of tension over the England rugby player's boozy antics in Queenstown last week.

Phillips breakfasted to constant camera clicks and flashes.

She later reappeared with Tindall, the England centre last week caught on closed-circuit television footage socialising with a blonde woman in Queenstown.

A friend of the couple had told the news media the blonde was an old friend, and today the couple looked relaxed, Tindall in a white T-shirt and Phillips in a grey poncho.

Phillips, the granddaughter of the Queen, did not allow the cacophony do deter her, seemingly relaxed as she tucked in at Cafe d'Oro on the mezzanine floor in the foyer of the Southern Cross Scenic Circle Hotel.

It is understood Phillips and Tindall are staying in the same hotel.

When she arrived there was a rush of cameramen to the nearest window, each craning for the best shot.

Phillips was relaxed as at least a dozen photographers snapped away, turning and laughing at the pandemonium she had created.

England's Rugby World Cup players have gone to ground in Dunedin since news of their boozy antics in Queenstown emerged.

Business owners in Dunedin's exchange precinct say they have not seen the players since CCTV footage was released showing Mark Tindall socialising with a blonde woman.

Tindall married Phillips in Edinburgh in July, and the news media have been keen to seewhat happened when the pair reunited.

Phillips arrived in Dunedin - known as the Edinburgh of the South - last night, eluding media cordons at the airport.

Before the Tindall incident, England's players went to bookshop owner George Sleeman's shop every morning.

"But since the little incident, we've hardly seen them," Sleeman said.

A hotel worker said staff overheard the players saying they did not want to see or talk to the media.

Phillips was whisked away from the Dunedin Airport tarmac in a silver Land Rover, trailed by a police car also travelling at speed, without sirens.

She is expected to watch her husband play at England's game against Romania in Dunedin tomorrow.

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