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WATCH OUT FOR A HEAVY TACKLE FLYING IN, MIKE; Zara may head for NZ early.

Byline: RYAN PARRY; VICTORIA MURPHY

ZARA Phillips may fly out to New Zealand early for showdown talks with rugby star husband Mike Tindall, it was revealed last night.

And the England skipper could be in for a bumpy ride after further claims were made about how intimate he got with a mystery nightclub blonde he was caught kissing and cuddling on CCTV.

Zara, 30, originally planned to join 32-yearold Tindall in two weeks to cheer him on during the World Cup.

But yesterday a source close to the royal said she will jump on the first flight out once her horse riding schedule allows.

Olympic hopeful Zara competed in a three-day horse trials event in Cork over the weekend and has other commitments in the coming week. The source said: "As far as JZara is concerned nothing has changed, she wants to go to New Zealand to be with her husband.

"But the fuss caused over Mike's night out has been unsettling for her so she wants to see Mike as soon as she can."

The insider added: "Zara's career is very important to her and she doesn't want to lose focus.

"But she also needs to sort this mess out with Mike and get things back on track." Zara's spokesman has insisted the boozy encounter with the blonde - leaked on YouTube - was just harmless horseplay with an old friend.

But witnesses standing close to the couple in Queenstown's Altitude bar described the 6ft 1in, 15st 10lbs player's behaviour as "overtly sexual".

Six security cameras picked up images of Tindall and the woman becoming increasingly close. One onlooker claimed: "At one stage he put his hand down the back of her jeans. Then he put his hand up her top at the back, as if he was trying to undo her bra strap."

Tindall allegedly tried to persuade her to leave with him. The onlooker said: "He was trying to drag her out by the arm, but she said jokingly, 'You're married'."

The couple then appeared to cuddle before she kissed his balding head. The onlooker claims they also kissed on the lips.

Another witness said Tindall was later confronted by an Aussie fan who told him: "You're married. Pull your head in, mate." The witness added: "Someone, I'm not sure if it was Tindall, replied, 'What goes on tour, stays on tour'."

Today, bouncer Jonathan Dixon, 40, who is accused of leaking the footage, will appear in court at Queenstown charged with "dishonestly accessing a computer".

Tindall did not play in England's 41-10 win over Georgia yesterday.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 19, 2011
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