Reports of a romance between British royal Zara Phillips and ENGLAND rugby WORLD CUP winner Mike Tindall have fuelled after the pair enjoyed a night out together.

The sports hero, 25, has denied dating the royal beauty, 22 - but the couple were photographed leaving trendy London nightclub the MET BAR together at 4am on Friday night (23JAN04).

Earlier in the evening the pair had arrived separately at a sporting event - which the granddaughter of monarch Queen Elizabeth II's had attended with her brother PETER, while Tindall was with England team mates LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO and MIKE CATT.

However, the rugby player's agent, DIP ALLI, says, "Mike and Zara are friends - it's that simple. Zara is a pretty, pretty girl and very nice to boot. She loves sport and rugby.

"But Mike is very much single."

25/01/2004 10:11