Over the course of his phenomenal career, Mike Catt earned 75 international caps and made a striking contribution to English rugby. The rugged play-maker not only lifted the 2003 Rugby World Cup, but also made history when, in 2007, he became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup Final.
Mike Catt attended Grey High School in Port Elizabeth until 1989 and represented Eastern Province at rugby union. He went onto join Bath in 1992 as understudy to Stuart Barnes and made his debut as a 21 year old against Nottingham RFC later the same year.
Playing mainly at full back, Mike was part of England’s 1995 Grand Slam winning side, and played in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. While touring Argentina with England, Mike was called up as an injury replacement for the 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa and played in the final test. In 2000, with the retirement of Will Carling and Jeremy Guscott, his career was revitalised when he stepped into midfield. Acting as an inside centre, with Jonny Wilkinson at No 10, his kicking and distribution contributed to England’s high try count.
Mike led England against France and Wales in the RBS 6 Nations after Head Coach Brian Ashton turned to a player he coached at club level to replace the concussed Phil Vickery.
In the 2007 Rugby World Cup, incredibly Mike Catt’s fourth World Cup, he played in 5 of the 7 matches including the Quarter-final, semi-final and Final. Along with Wilkinson he was credited with turning around England’s fortunes and helping them get to the Final.
Catt brought out his own autobiography after the World Cup Landing On My Feet: My Story.
On 8 May 2010, he played the final competitive club match of his career. Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for his services to rugby.
What he offers
Mike’s experience as captain and coach for club and country makes him a popular contributor on TV and radio shows. Mike writes a regular column in the Sunday Telegraph and enjoys his role as Brand Ambassador for Clydesdale Bank. Mike is an inspirational after-dinner and motivational speaker and available to host award ceremonies.
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