Wellington, Oct 24 (ANI): English rugby player Mike Tindall has said that his World Cup shenanigans in Queenstown "rollercoastered" away from him but he's still offering no apologies.
Now player-coach at Gloucester, Tindall opened up on the controversy as it resurfaced in Britain with the one-year anniversary of the World Cup in New Zealand.
The tournament marked the end of Tindall's long international career.
The Queenstown bar incident started England's spiral out of the Cup.
After drinking games ended in drunkenness amongst his team mates, closed-circuit video footage emerged of Tindall talking to a female friend in a bar, causing a media storm just six weeks after his marriage to Zara Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter.
"In hindsight, you look back and it wouldn't ever have happened," Stuff.co.nz quoted him as telling The Times of London.
"But that's the beauty of hindsight and I refuse to dwell on things that happened.
"As long as the people around you, who matter the most to you, as long as they know what's going on and they're happy, that's fine," he said.
Tindall was dropped after refusing to apologise for his night out and never played the quarterfinal where England lost to France at Eden Park.
Punishment continued on his return home. He was dropped from the England elite player squad and fined 25,000 pounds.
Eventually he was reinstated and had his fine reduced by 10,000 pounds on appeal. But the damage had been done and it was clear he was seen as a "scapegoat".
"I just thought it could have been handled better," Tindall said.
"The whole thing could have been handled better. But at that point, a lot of things went wrong," he said.
When asked if he could have handled his own part better, he said: "I don't know. It was one of those things where you don't think it's going to be a big deal, then it just rollercoastered along for ages. It got to the point where you were damned if you do [apologise], damned if you don't." (ANI)