Mike Catt

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Mike Catt
Mike Catt (4319558641).jpg
Birth nameMichael John Catt
Date of birth (1971-09-17) 17 September 1971 (age 49)
Place of birthPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight13 st 8 lb (86 kg)
SchoolGrey High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Fly-half, Centre, Wing
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
London Irish
Correct as of 10 July 2014
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Eastern Province ()
Correct as of 10 July 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 10 July 2014
Teams coached
Years Team
London Irish (Attack Coach)
England (Backs coach)
Italy (Attack coach)
Ireland (Attack coach)

Michael John Catt OBE (born 17 September 1971) is a South African-born former rugby union player who played for the England national rugby union team. He played professionally for the clubs London Irish and Bath. He earned 75 international caps for England and played in two World Cup Finals, in 2003 (when England won) and 2007. With his appearance in the October 2007 final, at age 36 years 1 month, he became the oldest ever player to play in a Rugby World Cup final.[1] Since 2008, Catt has coached various rugby teams, and is currently[when?] an assistant coach for the Ireland national rugby team.

Club career[edit]

Catt joined Bath in 1992 as understudy to Stuart Barnes and made his debut as a 21-year-old against Nottingham R.F.C. later the same year. He started for Bath in the victorious 1998 Heineken Cup Final as they defeated Brive.[2] He had a testimonial year with Bath in 2004, but at the end of the 2003–04 season, Bath decided not to renew his contract and he moved to London Irish.[3] At the start of the 2007–08 season, he announced he was going to be backs coach for London Irish as well as a player. Whilst with the Exiles, he enjoyed a fruitful twilight of his career and in May 2006 was named Guinness Premiership Player of the Season.[4]

On 8 May 2010 he played the final competitive club match of his career. Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to rugby.[5]

International career[edit]

In 2006 he received an England recall, making his first Test appearances for two years on the summer tour to Australia, cementing his place in England's top ten most capped players. He had been in international exile until he was called up to captain England in the 2007 Six Nations game against France at Twickenham.[6] England, with regular captain Phil Vickery and fly-half Jonny Wilkinson out to injury, won the match 26–18. He also captained England in the Six Nations defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium and again in England's pre-World Cup defeat to France at Twickenham in August 2007.

Catt confirmed his retirement from international rugby on 27 October 2007, the week after England lost to South Africa in that year's World Cup.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2012, Catt joined the England national set-up as backs/attack coach for their 2012 tour to South Africa. On 15 December 2015, following the resignation of head coach Stuart Lancaster on 11 November 2015, newly appointed head coach Eddie Jones sacked the whole coaching team.[7]

On 25 March 2016, Catt was announced as part of the newly appointed Italy coaching staff, sharing duties with Conor O'Shea and Stephen Aboud.[8]

England’s coaching group during the 2015 Rugby World Cup will now all be employed in Ireland – Andy Farrell (current Ireland defence coach and future head coach), Stuart Lancaster (Leinster Rugby senior coach), Graham Rowntree (Munster Rugby forwards coach) and Mike Catt (Ireland attack coach).[9]



  1. ^ a b "Catt calls time on England career". BBC News. 27 October 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. ^ "The Third Heineken Cup Final". epcrugby.com. 31 January 1998. Archived from the original on 13 May 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Exiles win Catt chase". BBC News. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Catt picks up Premiership honour". BBC News. 24 May 2006. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  5. ^ "No. 59647". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2010. p. 9.
  6. ^ "Catt to lead much-changed England". BBC News. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  7. ^ Graham Rowntree, Mike Catt and Andy Farrell leave England roles
  8. ^ Mike Catt joins Conor O'Shea in new-look Italy coaching team
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