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Catt: BaaBaas cameo is not my swansong

VETERAN fly-half Mike Catt has dismissed suggestions that tomorrow&rsquo;s run-out for the Barbarians is set to be his final hurrah in professional rugby.<br /><br />Catt was expected to call time on his glittering 17-year career when he turns out for the star-studded Baa Baas against his former England team-mates at Twickenham.<br /><br />But the 37-year-old insists he has no plans to hang up his boots just yet, and is looking forward to the challenges of a new Premiership season with London Irish.<br /><br />His fellow England legends Martin Corry and Josh Lewsey are making their Twickenham bows in a Baa Baas shirt tomorrow, but evergreen Catt insists he is not yet ready to join them.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really enjoying my rugby at the moment with London Irish and while I&rsquo;m still getting opportunities to play with world class players like we have in this Barbarians squad, what would be the point in retiring,&rdquo; Catt insisted.&ldquo;London Irish have a few injury problems at fly-half at the moment &ndash; and long-term too &ndash; so I continue to be an option for the coach Toby Booth as long as he wants me. The body&rsquo;s fine, it just takes longer to recover!<br /><br />South African-born Catt is assisting Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young in leading the Barbarians, but he is also being lined-up to make a 20-minute cameo appearance as a farewell to the Twickenham crowd.<br /><br />There he lines up a plethora of world stars including Leinster and Australia&rsquo;s Rocky Elsom, New Zealand wing Doug Howlett, Irish centre Gordon D&rsquo;Arcy and England&rsquo;s Iain Balshaw.<br /><br /><strong>NEW LEASE OF LIFE</strong><br />A World Cup winner in 2003, Catt called time on his 13-year international career back in 2007, winning 75 England caps. But strangely, he insists leading a side out against the famous white shirts at Twickenham, will not be a strange experience.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve not really thought about how strange it might be,&rdquo; he went on. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m stoked to be playing against England, I&rsquo;ve just thought about what a fantastic spectacle it&rsquo;s likely to be. The Barbarians side is full of internationals and legends of the game and we hope to entertain the crowd as much as possible with a free-flowing game.<br /><br />Catt is hoping for a more memorable Twickenham experience than his last, a fortnight ago, when his London Irish side were edged out 10-9 &nbsp;by Leicester in the Premiership final.<br /><br />Now, the idea of assisting coach Booth and aiming to go one better next year has given the veteran a new lease of life. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m loving the coaching scene. It&rsquo;s a pleasure to be working with Toby and such a great, honest bunch of lads. They can tell me when I make mistakes and I can learn from that.&rdquo;<br /><br />Tickets for England v Barbarians are priced from &pound;25 adults, &pound;10 juniors and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk, by calling 0844 8472492 or on the gate at Twickenham.