Mike Catt set to complete new Ireland coaching ticket

Former England international to be named attack coach under new head coach Andy Farrell

Italy assistant coach  Mike Catt is set to join Ireland as attack coach after the World Cup. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Italy assistant coach Mike Catt is set to join Ireland as attack coach after the World Cup. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

 

Mike Catt is expected to join Ireland as attack coach after the Rugby World Cup.

Catt, who is presently part of Conor O’Shea’s Italy set-up, will be reunited with former England coaching colleague Andy Farrell, who will take over from Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach after the World Cup in Japan.

The 47-year-old’s addition will be the final piece of Ireland’s new coaching jigsaw, with John Fogarty leaving Leinster to step in as scrum coach.

Simon Easterby will continue in his role as forwards specialist, with Richie Murphy staying on as kicking and skills coach.

Catt’s impending arrival will put all of England’s World Cup 2015 coaches on Irish shores, with Stuart Lancaster excelling at Leinster and Graham Rowntree joining Munster.

England became the first hosts in World Cup history not to progress past the group stages in 2015, an unwanted record that cost Lancaster and his coaching staff their jobs.

That coaching quartet has quickly restored reputations though, with Lancaster helping Leinster to the 2018 Champions Cup crown and back-to-back Pro 14 titles as part of Leo Cullen’s coaching staff.

Farrell has forged a pivotal part of Schmidt’s Ireland set-up as the national side swept to the 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam, before claiming a first win over New Zealand on home soil last November.

Both Farrell and Rowntree helped the British and Irish Lions secure a drawn Test series against back-to-back world champions New Zealand on the 2017 tour.

As a player Catt helped England win the 2003 World Cup, winning 76 caps between 1994 and 2007, while he also won one Lions cap on the victorious South Africa tour in 1997.

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