The Catt factor

What does Mike Catt offer England?

Last Updated: 04/05/12 10:52am

Catt: new England attack coach

Stuart Barnes and Will Greenwood discuss Mike Catt's appointment as England's attack coach.

"If you have a team that you want to become the best in the world then your management have to be world class - is this a world class management team?"

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Catt, currently the backs coach with London Irish, was handed the role after Stuart Lancaster was unable to secure the services of New Zealander Wayne Smith and the former World Cup winner will be looking to take his chance to impress Lancaster on the summer tour of South Africa.

And while Stuart Barnes does not question Catt's work ethos, he is concerned by the lack of experience in England's management team

"This is a young management and it needs an experienced outsider - someone who does not think like an Englishman, someone who asks question," said Barnes on The Rugby Club.

"If you have a team that you want to become the best in the world then your management have to be world class - is this a world class management team?

"At the moment you have to say no.

"Right now as a coach, London Irish have not set the world alight this season but what Catty does have is an incredible work ethic and he won't fall short for lack of effort."

Will Greenwood hopes that Catt can pass on his incredible rugby knowledge to England's backs, but is concerned that he may have to wear too many coaching caps in the England set-up.

"I think he will be a bit of a wild card. He will want to make a statement and get those backs playing. We understand the power of the England midfield defence but what we want to see is some tries, we want to see some line breaks and a side threatening.

"We must not forget that as a player Catt could read a game as good as anyone. He will understand the opposition and the defensive set ups that they will have. Hopefully he will be able to impart his knowledge on how to break those down.

"It is a real opportunity, my worry is that he is overloaded - there are rumours that he will be involved in coaching the defence as well and will have as much bigger role as just the attack coach.

"With his brain and his knowledge, well get him in there to get the backline moving, playing and finding space. Don't get him doing defence - get someone else to do that."