Ashton backs new coach

Nick Royle
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BRIAN ASHTON, who has stepped down as a coaching consultant at Fylde rugby club, has backed Mike Catt to be a success as attack coach for this summer’s tour of South Africa by the England team.

He said: “I always felt that Mike Catt was innovative as a player and if he takes that perspective and mentality into his coaching, he would be a real bonus to anyone.

“I think England have been looking for a coach who can help them find an extra gear in attack and I am sure that is what Stuart Lancaster will want Mike to do in South Africa.

“I hope that England will look towards the style of rugby that London Irish have played going forward under Catt as it’s a very challenging game to defend against.

“He has to make sure though that all the basics are in place first, so that’ll be the initial job. Once that’s there then they can start to look to play in a slightly different way.”