The IRFU have confirmed that Mike Catt will join the Ireland coaching team after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Catt is currently attack coach with Italy and previously held similar roles with England prior to and including the 2015 World Cup.
Catt also held a coaching role with London Irish for four years prior to his involvement with England.
He will now form part of Andy Farrell’s coaching team ahead of the 2020 Six Nations. Farrell is to take over as head coach of Ireland when Joe Schmidt steps down after the upcoming World Cup in Japan. Catt’s contract will keep him involved with Ireland up to the 2023 World Cup.
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented, “Mike brings a wealth of experience to the coaching group and has been operating at the highest level of the international game for some time.
“He was a smart and innovative player and he brings those attributes and much more besides in his approach to coaching and player development. We feel that we have secured a talented practitioner who will add significant value to the group and to the wider Irish system.”
Mike Catt said:
“I am looking forward to RWC in Japan and seeing the group of players we have here in Italy fulfil their potential and achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves. Obviously it is an honour to be given this future opportunity with Ireland but I will focus on that challenge only after I have given my all for Italy and this group of players.”
England’s coaching group during the 2015 World Cup will now all be employed in Ireland – Andy Farrell (current Ireland defence coach and future head coach), Stuart Lancaster (Leinster senior coach), Graham Rowntree (Munster forwards coach) and Mike Catt (Ireland attack coach).