- England Attacking Skills Coach adds “different voice” to Las Vegas preparations
- Catt says England have the pace to cause other teams problems
Mike Catt has been involved in England Sevens’ preparations for the upcoming leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Las Vegas and believes “composure and patience” will be crucial to success this weekend.
Stuart Lancaster’s Attacking Skills Coach was also quick to draw parallels with the 15-a-side game, insisting that basic ball-in-hand principles remained the same.
Highlighting the benefit of having “another voice” to reinforce familiar messages, he seemed confident that Simon Amor’s charges could improve from a slightly underwhelming showing in South Africa last time out.
“I think my role has just been reiterating what Simon is doing with the boys,” Catt explained after a training session in Teddington. “It’s always good to have a different voice in there.
“It’s been great fun – a little bit different, but a lot of the stuff we use in 15s is exactly what they use too.
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“It’s really just having a bit of fun with them, wishing them luck and sending them on their way.”
Since taking the reins from Ben Ryan – now boss of Fiji – back in September, Amor has made significant alterations to England’s defensive systems that have taken some time to bed in.
However, with Mike Ellery back from injury to join the likes of Marcus Watson and Dan Norton in Las Vegas, newly-appointed skipper Tom Mitchell has a great deal of attacking weapons at his disposal.
And Catt, who was part of England’s run to the quarter final of the 1998 sevens World Cup as a player, stressed that coherence across the squad was essential to complement such talent.
“[England] are doing things a little bit different to everybody else [on the circuit] – they are being a bit innovative. It takes time for that to come good, especially in attack, because everybody needs to be able to understand it.
“You’ve got to be composed and patient. When there is a lot of space and you have a lot of pace – as England Sevens do – the main thing is making sure you use that the best way possible.”