Catt calls it quits

South African-born England back Mike Catt has announced his retirement as a London Irish player.

Catt left South Africa after he was rejected by Eastern Province, and he joined Bath in 1992. Catt played in four World Cups, including England’s triumph in 2003, where his tactical kicking was a vital weapon in closing out matches at inside centre.

Catt, 38, moved to London Irish in 2004 and has been used as a player/coach. He will play his final game in the Exiles’ match against Northampton this weekend, but will stay on as attacking coach.

‘The time is right for me to focus full time on that role,’ said Catt.