Former England rugby captain Mike Tindall has finally had his broken nose straightened out after an operation. The sports star has fought off the Royals’ requests for treatment for years since marrying Zara Phillips in 2011. At the time, Princess Anne reportedly offered to pay for the surgery after she became worried about the wedding photographs. The former Bath and Gloucester centre broke his nose at least eight times during his career and his face was cruelly mocked by teammates as “a relief map of the Pennines” due to its twisted bridge. He appeared at an endurance competition at Pippingford Park in East Sussex over the weekend with fellow ex-internationals Neil Back and Will Greenwood. A source close to the Spring Wolf Run event said he was told the rugby star underwent surgery the previous week to fine-tune his already improved nose, it was reported.Three months before marrying into royalty, Tindall told the panel on sports quiz show A League Of Their Own: “Princess Anne asked me if I’d have the surgery,” referring to a potential operation to straighten his nose. But with a Rugby World Cup around the corner that year and a high probability his famous nose would be broken again, he turned the offer down. Mike Tindall, 39, (centre) the former England rugby captain, shows off his brand new straight nose after having a corrective operation last week. He is flanked by fellow ex-internationals Neil Back (left) and Will Greenwood (right)Credit:Instagram Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Three years ago he dropped his first hint to the Daily Mirror that he might be forced into the operating theatre.He said he might have to get the procedure done, and added: “I guess it’s something similar to a pug.””The problem is that if I get it done, will people say I’ve had it just because I’m doing TV stuff now? Because it’s definitely not.”Tindall first broke his nose aged five when he collided in a dodgem car and headbutted the steering wheel. After retiring in 2014, he moved into the studio as a pundit and he has now eventually given into peer pressure and gone under the knife.