Tindall's big night - CCTV footage claim

Last updated 15:31 16/09/2011

Video by Jonathan Dixon posted to YouTube of England rugby captain Mike Tindall.

CCTV footage taken at Altitude bar
CCTV footage taken at Altitude bar taken during the English team's night out in Queenstown.

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Footage of what is claimed to be England rugby player Mike Tindall's much-discussed night out in Queenstown has emerged.

A 12-minute clip - uploaded and narrated by YouTube user 'Pinksnz' - shows closed-circuit television footage from inside and outside a bar. It shows what the uploader claims is Rugby World Cup player Tindall with a woman.

About six and a half minutes into the footage, he holds hands with the woman and leads her away. A minute later, he is seen with the same woman, who kisses his forehead.

The footage is interspersed with piece-to-cameras by the uploader, who says he is a local bouncer and who describes the behaviour on the video as "unbecoming, especially to someone such as the Queen, or Zara Phillips; I do feel for them".

This week, the owner of Queenstown's Altitude bar had to defend the behaviour of England's World Cup players after allegations they were tossing dwarves and that newlywed Tindall groped a woman.

News of the night was reported by British tabloid The Sun.

Tindall, who married Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, in late July, was seen ''kissing'' and ''groping'' a woman and burying his head in her breasts, the tabloid reported.

But Altitude bar manager Rich Deane said there were no scandals by any of the players, from what he saw, and a spokesperson for the England team later issued a media release: "Mike and several of the players were enjoying an evening out after he had led the team to a hard-earned victory over Argentina. 

"Like all the lads, he plays for England with a massive amount of passion and he was relaxing after a tough match."

The team said it would not provide any further comment.

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