Report: Mike Catt To Join Irish Backroom Staff

Former England and Lions star Mike Catt is reportedly set to join the Irish backroom staff as their attack coach following the World Cup in Autumn.

According to Brendan Fanning of Independent.ie, the IRFU are expected to announce the appointment in the coming days as Ireland complete their coaching roster, with Simon Easterby, John Fogarty, Richie Murphy and head-coach Andy Farrell.

Catt served alongside Farrell under Stuart Lancaster in the English setup from 2012-2015 before then moving on to Italy with Conor O’Shea.

Before his work with the English setup, Catt had been attack coach with London Irish for four seasons following a playing career that spanned Bath and London Irish, on top of 75 caps for England, including two World Cup finals, and two Lions tours.

Speaking to the Independent.ie, former Irish coach Brian Ashton outlined that he found the appointment interesting but that he had always been an admirer of Catt.

“It’s an interesting appointment and there’s obviously good chemistry there between himself and Andy Farrell.

“So he’s someone Farrell trusts. I coached him at Bath and England and he was an instinctive player, bordering on maverick – which for me was fantastic. He had a broad range of skills that allowed him play 10, 12, 13 and 15 and he was great to work with.

“Even though Italy’s results haven’t been great I think any discerning rugby person would accept they’re playing much better rugby now than four or five years ago, and Mike’s had an impact on that. Hopefully, with Ireland, he’ll coach the way he played, which could be very interesting because he’ll have good players to work with.”

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