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Catt: England role 'not set in stone'
ESPNscrum Staff
April 27, 2012
London Irish attack coach Mike Catt, Leeds v London Irish, Guinness Premiership, Headingley, September 29, 2009
London Irish assistant coach Mike Catt is in line for a temporary promotion to the England management team © Getty Images
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London Irish attack coach Mike Catt insists that reports that he has secured a temporary role within the England management team are premature.

Recent reports suggested that the former England and British & Irish Lions international was set to be added to Stuart Lancaster's support staff for the three-Test, five-match tour of South Africa in June. Catt is the prime candidate to fill the void left Andy Farrell who chose to turn down an offer of a full-time role having worked alongside Lancaster and fellow assistant Graham Rowntree during this year's Six Nations.

While Lancaster has confirmed his interest in securing Catt's services, it is only likely to be a temporary appointment with former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith currently considering an offer to work with England through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Smith is currently contracted to the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition and therefore unavailable for the forthcoming tour of South Africa.

Former Wasps fly-half Alex King had also been under consideration but his coaching commitments with French club Clermont Auvergne, whose season may not finish until June 9, ruled him out of contention.

"I just look at the young guys that have come through and the talent that England have at the moment and the culture that Stuart, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree have built over the Six Nations," Catt told Sky Sports News. "I think it has exceeded everyone's expectations and to be part of something like that would be tremendous but it's not set in stone yet."

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