A thoroughly modern prop with mobility in the loose and power in the tight has cast Nathan Catt in the mould of an international candidate. It was acknowledged by his gong as Bath’s Most Improved Player back in 2010 ahead of Scott Hobson and Ben Williams. Fast forward to 2017 and he was called into the 45-man England EPS squad.
Nathan's talent had shone through the England age groups with appearances for the U18 team that claimed the Home Unions title in 2006 and all seven games for the U19 side the following year. He also started all five matches in the 2008 U20 Grand Slam, scored a try against Ireland and led the side when captain Hugo Ellis was off the field.
Subsequently, he was in the England team that reached the final of the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship and appeared in nine games overall for the U20 side. Eager, studious and quick to learn, he made his Premiership debut for Bath in the 12-12 draw with Worcester Warriors at Sixways in November 2009 and went on to play 98 times in the competition by mid-January this year. The first of his three tries was in his 15th match, against Exeter Chiefs.
Born in Bristol and educated at Clevedon Community School and City of Bath College, Nathan joined Bath from school when he was 16. His Saxons debut was off the bench for Dan Cole in the 66-0 win over Portugal at Edgeley Park, then the home of Sale Sharks, in January 2009. He was also a member of the squad that won the 2010 Churchill Cup in Denver and New Jersey.
Nathan took his Saxons caps to five when playing against Ireland and Scotland in 2014, the year he toured New Zealand with the full England squad. His only appearance there was when helping the side to beat the Crusaders 38-7 in Christchurch. He had been added to the squad because of fitness concerns about Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler but then spent almost a year on the side-lines through neck and shoulder injuries.
He said: “I have been with Bath for 13 years and I would not want to be anywhere else. I’m living the dream.” Nathan acknowledges the “fantastic help” he has been given by former loose-head props David Flatman and David Barnes at the Recreation Ground. He added: “I have learned a huge amount from them. Everyone is always chipping in and that is one of the best reasons to be at Bath.”
Last updated: 13 January 2017