Mike Catt OBE – Former Bath, London Irish and England World Cup Rugby Winner and After Dinner Speaker.
Mike Catt was born in South Africa. He went to Grey Junior and High School and represented Eastern Province.
Mike Catt joined Gloucester after arriving in England on an extended holiday at the age of 21, and in 1992 joined Bath as understudy to Stuart Barnes – where he stayed for 12 years.
After 220 games and 64 tries for Bath, Catt joined London Irish for the 04/05 season after considering offers to play in Japan, being named Guinness Premiership Player of the Season for 2005/6.
Playing mainly at full back, he 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 after the 1999 RWC, Catt’s 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 Captained the side against France and Wales in the 2007 RBS 6 Nations replacing the concussed Phil Vickery and again in England’s pre-World Cup defeat to France at Twickenham in August 2007.
Catt was included in Brian Ashton’s England squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, playing five games and helping England reach a second successive final
After gaining 65 caps for England, in October 2007, Mike Catt announced his retirement from International rugby.