Mike Tindall's future may hang on new Gloucester Rugby coach
MIKE Tindall's future could depend on who is appointed as Gloucester's new head coach.
The 33-year-old's deal expires this summer and he is yet to sign a contract anywhere else having spent the last seven seasons at Kingsholm.
The former Bath man is keen to extend his stay at the Cherry and Whites, having played professionally for only two clubs, but he said the decision is out of his hands.
"This club has been my home for the last seven years and whether it is still home for a little bit longer we will have to wait and see," said Tindall.
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"I can't talk to them until they have put someone in place so if they put someone in place and then there are discussions to be had and then if those discussions go well, then so be it.
"But it might not be on the cards, and if that happens then I have to make a decision and will look elsewhere."
Scarlets supremo Nigel Davies is still the favourite to succeed Bryan Redpath, with an appointment expected soon.
England's most capped centre marked what could be his final appearance at Kingsholm with a try for the Barbarians in the 29-28 win over Ireland on Tuesday night.
Just two days before he crossed on his Baa-Baas debut at Twickenham in his first-ever appearance against his country, but the occasion was overshadowed by John Brain's death on Sunday.
The rugby operations manager played more than 300 times for the Cherry and Whites and returned to the club in a coaching capacity for the second time in 2010.
Tuesday's exhibition match began with a minute's silence and then spontaneous applause for the 51-year-old with Tindall shaking the hands of Brain's former team-mates who were invited on to the pitch.
Having run out at Kingsholm many times before, 2003 World Cup winner Tindall admitted this time it had a different feel to it.
"It was a bit different. It was a different occasion, the thought of John Brain was with us as well which made everything a little bit different," added Tindall.
"Seeing all the boys that had played with John before made it a little bit different.
"To run out and see the Shed full is always a great feeling, especially when Gloucester are not even playing, so it was emotional.
"It is difficult and I still don't think it has sunk in yet about John.
"To go from driving to the game on Sunday to finding out, it has not really sunk in, because you are not in the club every day and you are not seeing him every day.
"For something like that to happen, for a guy who has played 300 times for the club and has had two coaching stints here and just loves rugby and loves Gloucester, is truly sad.
"We got a heads up early on Sunday as we were just about to leave to go to the game.
"There was not much you can do, I was just sat in shock."