The Glory of ’95: Mike Catt has fond memories of World Cup despite Lomu headache
SOUTH AFRICAN born-and-bred England energy back Mike Catt is arguably most remembered for the dubious distinction of being run over by the magnificent Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final at Newlands.
But that would be doing a grave oppression to the man from Port Elizabeth. He was so much more than that and completed his worldwide profession with a 2003 World Cup winner’s medal, 75 Test caps for England and a 2007 World Cup final look – against his home nation in Paris.
Perhaps a single remorse was a lack of video game time with the British & Irish Lions, with just one Test cap in 1997 in South Africa, while he was injured after being selected for the 2001 journey to Australia. He played over 200 matches for Bath and also had a long stint as a gamer and after that player-coach at London Irish, and has actually continued with an impressive training career given that.
But it was in PE where it all began for Catt, who was born to an English mother and South African daddy.
He attended Grey High – the alma mater of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi as well – and turned out for the Eastern Province junior and later senior group before trying his luck at Bath. The rest is history.