Mike Catt

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Andy Farrell: faces a significant challenge in overseeing the transition  of an  ageing Ireland side clearly in need of new blood. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The more you think about it, the more you realise what a sizeable task Andy Farrell and his assistant coaches have in following up the Joe Schmidt era(...)

Andy Farrell has urged Ireland to use their Japan setback as a positive. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Farrell points the way forward Indications are strong that Andy Farrell will take Ireland in a progressive direction post World Cup. The Wigan Rugby (...)

Mike Catt will join the Irish coaching team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mike Catt is to join the Ireland coaching team in the wake of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and ahead of the 2020 Six Nations, the IRFU has confirmed. Cat(...)

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(...)

Andy Farrell: “As for England missing out on a brilliant homegrown coach, I am almost filled with despair,” wrote former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A hike out from London city, the wooded Pennyhill Park Hotel was England’s 120 acre, 2015 World Cup bolthole. Nestled into the folds of suburban Surr(...)

Danny Cipriani: few have doubted  his unsettling problems have stymied a career. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

In the spring of 2013 Danny Cipriani was taken to hospital in Leeds with bruising and concussion. He had been hit by a bus while on a team night out. (...)

Italy have unearthed a gem in fulllback Matteo Minozzi. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rome wasn’t built in a day has rarely seemed more apt in a rugby context, as Conor O’Shea strives to orchestrate an Irish-infused revolution in Italia(...)

Keith Earls: will be expecting to be part of a potent Ireland backline against Italy at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2.15pm. (On TV: Live on TV3 and ITV)   This is an altogether different conundrum. A less lubrica(...)

Italy coach Conor O’Shea at the team base at Radisson St Helen, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

La vita non è sempre bella. Life is not always beautiful. Not yet for Italian rugby, and not this weekend for Ian McKinley as the homecoming is abando(...)

Eddie Jones’ England look like a team feeling the pressure as the weight of creating history bears down on them. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Professional rugby players are treated like children for about 90 per cent of their working week. I know, I have two at home (kids not rugby players).(...)

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