Mike Catt to Join England Rugby Coaching Staff for South Africa

Mike Catt will join the England rugby team’s coaching staff for next month’s tour of South Africa, the Rugby Football Union said.

Catt, a coach with London Irish, will join Stuart Lancaster’s staff after the team’s final Premiership game this weekend, the RFU said in a statement. The South African-born Catt helped England win the 2003 World Cup during his 75 appearances with the national team.

The RFU also said that former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith turned down a chance to join the England squad to remain in New Zealand for family reasons.

England will play three Tests against two-time world champion South Africa as part of its five-match tour June 9 to 23.

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