With Jacques Brunel leaving the post as Italy head coach at the end of this season, focus has turned to the potential successors. Departing Harlequins head coach Conor O’Shea has been heavily linked with the job, with reports earlier this week suggesting that the Irishman has already sat down with captain Sergio Parisse and the number 8 has agreed to delay his retirement until after the 2019 World Cup.
Former England player and coach Mike Catt has been linked with taking on an assistant role under O’Shea with the Azzurri, with several outlets stating that the pair will team up in Rome next season.
However, speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena, Catt has played down this links.
When asked if there were any truth to these reports, Catt replied, “None at all, only rumours.”
Catt was part of the England coaching team at the World Cup last Autumn, as the Red Rose were eliminated in the pool stages.
Eddie Jones brought in his own coaching team, and the Lancaster ticket were all relieved of their duties. Nonetheless, Catt is well regarded within rugby circles, and it is likely that he will be in demand in the near future.
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