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Monday, April 15, 2013

Mike Catt impresses James Haskell with a nice bit of skill

The RFU sent in this amusing clip showing what happened after a long England training session.

James Haskell and fitness coach Paul Stridgeon were messing about after the session at Pennyhill Park, trying to get a rugby ball to bounce into a bin, without much success. 

Then Mike Catt, who happens to be England's attacking skills coach, arrived.

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Posted at 7:12 pm | 17 comments

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Tc April 15, 2013 10:33 pm

Haskell just comes across as an idiot in these clips. I think he suffers from an Ali g type identity crisis

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Ahancock April 15, 2013 11:31 pm

No wonder he can't get in the 1st team, he spends his time trying to get a ball in a bin!

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Andy April 16, 2013 1:37 am

God you two are sad, he's a world class rugby player having a bit of a laugh (if you can read) AFTER a training session. He gets slated for being a character and enjoying himself which is a sad result of being an English sportsman constantly in the public eye with the press waiting for a non-story to pounce on. Dullards like you then jump on the bandwagon. Rant over. Mike Catt - what a legend

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CEO Front Row Union April 16, 2013 2:43 am

Hear hear, people are always putting sports people down saying that they are too far removed from the public, too sterile, unsmiling boof heads. Yet when you see that they are all just like us and enjoy having a bit of fun out comes the tall poppy syndrome. Haters are going to hate

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Tc April 16, 2013 9:42 am

Public school boy speaking and waving his hands like a wannabe gangsta makes him come across as a tool, banter or not

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DanKnapp April 16, 2013 12:51 pm

And BOOM! The class system is alive and well.

How the hell does his manner of speech of how he moves his hands have anything to do with it?

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tc April 16, 2013 2:28 pm

nothing to do with the class system. its the contradiction that makes him ridiculous. dont get me wrong, i think he's a good player - probably on the way out with england as there's better alternatives now, but he tries a bit too hard to be liked, hence the gangsta hands and ridiculous voice. i bet he doesnt talk like that around his mum, which makes the whole thing a bit fake and ridiculous

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CambridgeshireKid April 18, 2013 10:56 am

When I am with my team mates I don't act the same as I do with my mum.

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pob April 16, 2013 2:22 am

rubbish clip!

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Yannoche April 16, 2013 9:20 am

Gotta love Mike Catt just passing by and doing the demo in one shot :)

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Stringer April 16, 2013 10:50 am

I would like to see more of these clips. Makes the players seem more human. I am 25, and after a training session this is exactly the stuff we would do (if the bar was shut). But give him a break, I think he has been funny and many of my peers agree.

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browner May 01, 2013 8:27 pm

You couldn't manage those dance moves !!

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Guest April 16, 2013 1:00 pm

James Haskell is a bloody hero, he's funny and does a lot to connect with fans and comes across as being a good down to earth lad, should deff's be starting.

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DanKnapp April 16, 2013 1:14 pm

Not sure about starting, but agree with the rest.

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matt April 16, 2013 2:20 pm

Wearing his boots in the gym!? Does he have no respect? Sack him and ban him for life, disgraceful behaviour from a "pro".

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browner April 16, 2013 6:22 pm

Haskell is destined for a big media career, a witty, articulate guy. Over gym'd IMO, but give me someone with personality everyday over monosylabic farrell etc.

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mattb April 17, 2013 10:14 am

I heard a story about James Haskell which shows that although his character sometimes comes across as genuinely foolish, actually he is a true gent. A friend of mine saw a burly looking, rather large person on the eurostar. Hoping that he wasn't sitting next to him my friend checked his ticket. On checking he realised he would be sat opposite this giant, sleeping man.

On sitting down the man woke up and my friend realised it was James Haskell. For the next two hours my friend and James Haskell talked about business, advertising, creativity and of course Rugby. He left thinking James Haskell was not only a real gentleman but also a smart and slightly misunderstood character.

Fast forward two years and my friend was attending a rugby dinner. After ten minutes of wondering around aimlessly, who should bound over to him eager to talk about business, advertising, creativity and rugby... James Haskell.

He is a good man, misunderstood, but like all blokes his age - still just wants to mess around and have fun. People who slate him need to grow up a bit. It isn't about class. It isn't about a lack of it. The guy is just happy to be doing what he really enjoys and likes the small bit of fame it gives him. Fair play to him.

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