RUGBY UNION: Mike Tindall is prepared to postpone his honeymoon so he can make his comeback from an ankle operation in England’s World Cup warm-up match against Wales on August 6.

The Gloucester centre is set to be sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage suffered during England’s RBS 6 Nations title campaign.

Tindall is due to marry Zara Phillips in Edinburgh on July 30 but he has told England manager Martin Johnson he will be available to face Wales the following weekend if called upon.

“He spoke to me and said he is getting married at the end of July. I said it is a week before the first game and he said “right, I’m available”,” Johnson said.

England play three times in August – twice against Wales and once against Ireland – as preparation for their World Cup campaign, which kicks off against Argentina on September 10.

The England boss is not concerned Tindall’s enforced lay-off will affect his chances of competing at the tournament.

“Not a guy of his experience, no,” Johnson said. “When you look at the games for some players between now and the World Cup, there aren’t a huge amount if their clubs don’t make the play-offs.”

Everyone at BBM Towers unanimously agree that Tindall is an idiot.