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VIDEO – Catt: The England environment is amazing

22 June 2012

  • Assistant coach hails "amazing time" with England
  • It is a tough place to come and the boys have conducted themselves very well – Catt

Mike Catt has had an “amazing time” in his new role as assistant coach over the course of the current tour to South Africa and is hopeful that England can secure a win in Saturday’s series finale in Port Elizabeth.

Speaking after Friday’s captain’s run in the city of his birth, Catt also looked back on the trip and outlined the valuable experiences that the squad will take into the remainder of their careers.

“Rugby is the number one sport in South Africa and is played in every school,” he said. “Winning here would be fantastic and, looking forward to the 2015 World Cup, a great stepping stone.


Mike Catt takes charge of an England training session

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“I have had an amazing time [on the tour] and this is a great environment to work in. Stuart [Lancaster] and the boys are working well towards their long-term goal so if I could be part of that it would be fantastic.


“When we get back, we’ll have a review and see whether Stuart needs me on board or not.”

Though England’s new-look backline were somewhat starved of ball in last week’s defeat in Johannesburg, Catt insisted that they would be able to express themselves this time out.

“We learnt a lot of valuable last week when some frustrations kicked in. Hopefully the boys are fired up for one last push after what has been a very long season.

“Sport is a funny thing and anything can happen. It is a tough place to come and the boys have conducted themselves very well, gaining some valuable experience.

“Hopefully the boys can take away a win going into the next season.”