Catt added to England coaching team
September 7, 2012
Mike Catt is joining the Rugby Football Union as attacking skills coach following four years as coach of London Irish © Getty Images
The Rugby Football Union has officially announced that Mike Catt has been appointed as attacking skills coach for England's Elite Players.
Catt was part of Stuart Lancaster's coaching team on England's three-test tour to South Africa in June and has been strongly linked with a permanent role after impressing with his work on the trip. He will now begin work alongside the other assistant coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree next week, with responsibility for England senior and Saxons' players.
"Mike made a big impression in South Africa, both on the players and the management," Lancaster said. "When we got back I asked him to outline his vision for developing not only the skills of the senior team, especially in attack, but with our younger players in the Saxons. Having played at the highest level for many years and developed his coaching during his time at London Irish he has a clear plan for developing these skills. We have always been an integrated coaching team covering all areas of the game and Mike will be a great addition alongside Graham and Andy."
Catt won 75 caps for England and played in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup finals. He joined London Irish as a player in 2004, then became player-coach in 2007 a position he stepped down from so that he could join up with the tour party to South Africa.
"I loved working with the squad in South Africa and, while gutted not to win the series, I can see that this group of players is heading in the right direction," Catt said. "Stuart, Graham and Andy did a fantastic job in the Six Nations and to be able to work with them and the best players in England is a great honour."
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