Mike Catt OBE biography
Mike Catt is a British rugby star who has made a striking contribution as a play-maker for his clubs and country, including playing a crucial role in winning the 2003 Rugby World Cup for his country.
Early Life and Career
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 R.F.C. later the same year.
Playing mainly at full back, Mike Catt 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 revived 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.
In the 2003 RWC quarter final against Wales he took second half command of the game to see England through after coming on as a replacement and stayed at centre in place of the injured Mike Tindall for the semi final against France. 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’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.
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 services to rugby.
What he offers
Mike Catt’s experience as captain and coach for club and country makes him a popular contributor on TV and radio shows. Mike Catt writes a 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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