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
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.
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.