Mike Catt MBE is an exceptional rugby player and coach who has made an outstanding contribution as a play-maker for his club and country. Widely regarded as one of the best strategists in the game, Mike has the ability, whatever position he is playing in, to influence the outcome of a game quickly and dramatically.
South African-born, he went to Grey Junior and High School in Port Elizabeth and represented Eastern Province, but has played his senior rugby in England.
He joined Bath in 1992 and stayed at the Recreation Ground for 12 years where he played 220 games and scored 64 tries.
He joined London Irish in July 2004 after considering offers to play in Japan. His outstanding form for the Exiles resulted in him receiving the 2005-06 Player of the Season Award at the club's annual player awards. He was also being named Guinness Premiership Player of the Season for 2005-06.
Playing at either fly half or inside centre Mike has had a major influence on the London Irish playing style over the past five seasons during which he has made 89 appearances for the club and scored 79 points, including eight tries, in the process gracing many famous rugby arenas across this country and Europe.In July 2007 his primary role changed from player to coach as he took on the responsibility for coaching the club's talented backs. He was appointed Attack Coach in July 2008.
Mike made his debut for England in 1994 against Wales, going on to experience a roller-coaster ride around the England backline, playing at full back, fly half and centre. He was part of England's 1995 Grand Slam winning side, and played in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. His 75 international caps have included a crucial role in winning the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He was awarded an MBE in November 2003 for his part in that success. He also played five games in RWC 2007 including starting the final against South Africa.
While touring Argentina with England in 1997 Mike was called up as an injury replacement for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa and played in the final test. Four years later he was selected for the Lions squad that toured Australia.
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