However, don't be surprised if he ends up in a far more influential post in NZ by next year. With the Blues performing so pitifully this year and Pat Lam's name being continually linked with jobs abroad, there may be a spot opening up in Super Rugby next year.
With many of the squad signing contracts off-shore too, the challenge of re-building a once mighty union may whet his appetite for a new challenge domestically. The challenge is just as mighty as the one he would have faced had he accepted the England job.
Catt that' got the Cream
|Mike Catt honoured by the Queen|
Catt confided that he was excited by the new challenge after 8 years with London Irish. First as a player and then as a player coach. Catt brings with him huge experience at the top level too, having won 75 international caps for his country and playing a crucial role in the World Cup in England's succesful 2003 campaign. He was regarded as a fine thinker during his playing days and a very positive influence on a young Jonny Wilkinson. Arguably his comination with Wilkinson in 2002 produced some the finest rugby England has ever played.