RUGBY: Nigel Davies pays tribute to Mike Tindall's Premiership milestone
10:52am Friday 21st February 2014 in Sport
MIKE TINDALL is set to make his 200th Premiership appearance against Harlequins on Saturday, a feat Gloucester's director of rugby Nigel Davies acclaims as 'amazing'.
The 35-year-old made his Premiership bow in Bath colours back in 1997-8, and will reach 200 on his next appearance.
Only 22 players have reached that mark before, and Tindall would have reached the milestone much earlier but for his international duties.
Tins is still going strong as he proved with his fine performance against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road last weekend, and Davies spoke warmly of the centre's feat.
"It's an amazing achievement, it really is," said Davies.
"It's not just making his 200th appearance, he's actually playing very well at the moment. He was outstanding last weekend up at Leicester.
"His influence on the team is very important because they are a young group. We're trying to develop leadership within the group, but there aren't a lot of natural leaders there.
"Someone like Mike adds a lot of value to the team, a lot of the stuff that you don't see in terms of the way he energises and drives the group.
"His own individual performance was very good and, if he can maintain those standards, at the age he is going into his 200th appearance, it says a lot about the character of the man.”