Mike Tindall gives verdict on Kate's rugby skills after Duchess joined training session


The Duchess of Cambridge headed to Twickenham Stadium last week in her new role as patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), which she took over from Prince Harry. Sporty Kate met players from the men’s and women’s squads and even got stuck into a special skills session run by England head coach Eddie Jones.

Former England rugby player Mike, who is married to Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall, described the Duchess’s performance as “effortless”.

Speaking on his The Good, the Bad, and the Rugby podcast, he said: “I text [England player] Ellis [Genge] and said, ‘Mate, please tell me anything she messed up on’ so I could sort of… family WhatsApp group, get to her, and he said, ‘No she was actually pretty good, and she was really good at kicking,’ and I was like [sighs].

“But she has this competitive nature where she has to be good at things.”

Co-presenter Alex Payne said: “She looked unbelievably natural.”

Fellow presenter James Haskell added: “When she was announced, I thought amazing because we know she obviously likes her rugby.

“But the way she caught the ball, the way she jumped in the line-out, the little outside break, she was utterly fantastic, she was really, really, really good.

“And so I was like amazing, and dual sport, what an amazing ambassador.”

Mike added: “Just imagine, anyone who’s ever tried it, getting thrown up in the line-out if you’ve never done it before is not easy because normally, you’ll kick the prop in either the nuts or the face as he’s lifting you and she just looked effortless.”

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Kate also took part in her first scrum during exercises with the men’s team.

She practised drop kicks and high kicks with Saracens full-back Elliot Daly and Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith, before perfectly kicking the ball through the posts.

Kate said: “I’m being trained by the pros.”

The Duchess is known for her love of sport and her competitive nature.

Kate said she was “very proud” to become the RFU’s figurehead as she tried out her rugby skills.

The Duchess has taken over the Duke of Sussex’s former roles as patron of both the RFU and the Rugby Football League (RFL) after being given them by the Queen.

She is the first member of the Royal Family to officially receive one of the Sussexes’ past royal patronages, which they were stripped of after Megxit.


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