England boss Martin Johnson continues to defend Mike Tindall after latest newspaper claims
England boss Martin Johnson insists Mike Tindall 'made a mistake about his recollection' after it emerged Tindall's account of a night out in Queenstown was innaccurate.
Tindall was involved in a tabloid sting three weeks ago after being photographed with a woman on a night out in Queenstown. He denied visiting another bar with the woman.
Johnson said on Sunday: "He certainly didn't mean to mislead anyone, it wasn't an orchestrated cover up, it was a mistake on his behalf."
More unsavoury headlines have emerged this weekend, with a worker from England's Dunedin hotel accusing James Haskell, Dylan Hartley and Chris Ashton of teasing her with 'lewd sexual comments'.
The players have apologised and Johnson insists he was angry and has reprimanded them.
"I was angry with them. What they thought was humour and a light-hearted exchange has clearly not been taken that way by Annabel, the girl involved ... they had no idea about how upset she subsequently became.
"The guys formally apologised, they were shocked when they learned how upset she'd become.
"If you leave yourself open for these headlines to be written then it drags us all into it, I have to answer questions about it ... what they thought to be humour that she was joining in with has subsequently gone a little bit too far.
"Again, it just drags us all into it, and that's what makes me particularly angry."
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