Catt feels Smith could still help England
Mike Catt is relishing the chance of working with England and believes Wayne Smith could still help out Stuart Lancaster's side.
Smith was approached to join Lancaster's coaching staff but decided not to take up the offer and stay in New Zealand for "family reasons".
That meant there was an opening for Catt, who will join up with the Red Rose for the summer tour to South Africa after his stint with London Irish finishes at the end of the domestic season.
England were keen to get Smith on board due to his experience and the way in which he led the All Blacks to World Cup glory last year but, despite his decision to turn down the role, Catt feels Lancaster could still turn to the Kiwi for advice from time to time.
"I still don't know why Stuart can't tap into Wayne's knowledge anyway," he told reporters. "Graham Henry is still doing stuff around the world and I think Stuart has a good enough relationship with Wayne to be able to do that.
"I think everyone could learn massively from Wayne, but obviously for family reasons he's decided not to get involved but it gives other people opportunities to stake their claim."
Catt won 75 caps for England during one of the most successful periods in their history and he is now looking forward to helping the new breed of England stars develop their games to try and achieve greatness.
"This is my opportunity. My focus is on the now," he added. "I had quite a few of them for England as a player and now this is my opportunity as a coach to make sure I can set my stall out and work well with Graham (Rowntree) and Stuart and the players."