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Catt agrees to England role?
ESPNscrum Staff
April 28, 2012
London Irish attack coach Mike Catt offers some instruction, Bath v London Irish, Aviva Premiership, The Rec, September 11, 2010
Mike Catt looks set to link up with Stuart Lancaster this summer © Getty Images
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London Irish's Mike Catt has agreed to take on the role as England's backs coach on the forthcoming tour of South Africa, according to reports.

Catt has been linked with the role following Andy Farrell's decision to remain with Saracens and despite him stating on Friday that reports claiming it was a done deal were premature, the Daily Mirror reports that he has now agreed to take on the interim role.

While Wayne Smith looks to be the favourite to land the post on a full-time basis his commitments with the Chiefs mean that he will be unavailable while England are in South Africa.

Catt is still under contract with London Irish and his colleague Toby Booth has already stated that he will see out the remainder of his deal despite Brian Smith returning to take the helm at the Exiles. So if Catt does enough to get the job on a full-time basis, then the Rugby Football Union will have another Andy Farrell-esque situation where they have to negotiate his release.

But while Catt looks set to take on the England role on an interim basis, one man who appears to be out of the running for the full-time post is Clermont's Alex King. He has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a role in Lancaster's set-up and appears to be staying with Clermont.

"I'm concentrating on this season with Clermont," King told the Daily Mirror. "As a passionate England fan I'm delighted with what's been happening these last few months and I wish them all the best in South Africa. But it's important I keep learning and there's no better environment for me than Clermont where we have good players, good coaches and good structures."

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