Mike Catt accepts two-month contract as England’s interim attack coach

Mike Catt has reportedly accepted a two-month contract with the RFU to coach England on their summer tour to South Africa. The former England international will begin his duties after London Irish’s final game of the season against Gloucester next weekend.

As a player Catt won 75 caps over 13 years with England, playing in both the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cup finals. He retired from playing in 2009 and has worked as an attack coach at London Irish ever since. Despite speculation linking him with a move to Bath, Catt still has two years to run on his London Irish contract along with Toby Booth, who earlier this week stated that he would honour the remaining years of his contract.

Catt will effectively replace Andy Farrell in marshalling England’s attack and backs, with another former London Irish coach Dave Ellis rumoured to be brought in to cover the defence. Another name linked with Catt’s position was Clermont coach Alex King, but he was unable to apply for the position due to the fact that the Top 14 final is on the same day as England’s first Test on June 9th.

With Wayne Smith hopefully confirming his move to join England on a permanent basis from October in the coming days, Catt has the chance to impress this summer with a view to being involved with the national setup in the future. Is he the right man for the job?

6 thoughts on “Mike Catt accepts two-month contract as England’s interim attack coach

  1. Catt seems like the only decent choice left and should be ok. The whole situation isn’t really ideal tho no continuity from the six nations or foundation for the future as he’s out again in 2 months. Fingers crossed we get Smith!

    As an aside note as you mention the timeing of the top14 final; it appears there is no chance of Steffon Armitage making the tour. Even if Toulon dont make the final they’ll be in play off games right up until a week before the first test right? That’ll be a massive shame.

  2. At the moment I think Catt is the best man for the job. He will get the back line attacking more than Farrell did, and hopefully the defensive structures that Farrell put in place will remain with the team. Farrell is a great defensive minded backs coach, but as an attack coach he lacks an edge.Hopefully the back line may be able to combine what they’ve already learnt under Farrell and implement some good attacking play under Catt.

  3. Lancaster stated his attacking vision was to play with a second receiver at 12, this is pretty similar to NZ. They rely on mccaw turning ball over and disrupting ball to then counter attack with their clinical accuracy. If Lancaster wants to play similar he needs to bring an out and out open side into the squad, steffan armitage being the stand out candidate. He also needs to select a 12 that can carry, run, pass and kick, the only option there for me is billy twelve trees. What do you guys think?

    1. I hope he makes the summer tour so we can have a look at him in a midweek game at least as he certainly has potential. I would like to see us try Tuilagi at 12 for first phase, simple game plan the Jamie Roberts style crash, get over the gain line, don’t get isolated, quick ball then have lots of good lines run, precise passing to challenge a retreating defensive line. I hope with Catt involved we get a look at JJ, pace, great running lines and can pass.

  4. Before I’d even finished reading your post matt, I was thinking JJ outside manu. Could potentiality be devastating. Not that manu isn’t already, he just needs a partner in crime.

  5. Have been impressed with George Lowe at Quins as well

    Given the mid-week games as well, I hope Lancaster takes the chance to run the rule over some of these possibilites.

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