“The advantage we had in 2000 is that we had been together for three
years as an England side whereas this England side has only been together
for six or seven months.
“It’s going to be a huge ask but I think the players are going to embrace
it and the coaches are going to embrace it and we’re going to give it our
Catt joined England’s coaching set-up on Monday after New Zealander Wayne
Smith turned the role down to stay in his native country for family reasons.
Catt, a 75-cap international, is now relishing the chance to lay down a marker
and help improve England’s attacking options when he leaves his coaching
role at London Irish after their last game of the season against Gloucester
Catt said: “I’ve got a two-month window that I need to make sure I get
things right, make sure I complement Stuart and Graham in everything they do
and that I get the players on board too.
“Stuart has given me this opportunity I just want to take it with both
One player he will not be working with is Northampton lock Courtney Lawes, who
has become the latest forward to be ruled out the South Africa tour due to a
The 23 year-old has been out of action since suffering a stress fracture in
the Six Nations defeat by Wales, which capped an injury-hit tournament for
the second row, after a knee injury caused him to miss England’s opening two
And boss Jim Mallinder told BBC Northampton: “We were hoping he
might play some part this season but it’s looking like he has not quite
recovered enough from his shin injury, so it looks like he’ll probably not
play for the remainder of this season for Saints or for England.
“He is gutted, you want to be involved in the big games, that means
semi-finals, if we get there, and finals and, of course, going on England
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