THE family of Siobhan Cattigan, the Scotland international back-row forward who died in tragic circumstances almost two years ago, have issued a statement in response to Scottish Rugby Limited Chair John McGuigan’s apology at Saturday’s SRU AGM on behalf of the governing body for its inadequate handling of the situation.
“We acknowledge the apology announced on Saturday by SRL Chairman John McGuigan,” said the statement, which was posted on ‘X’ this morning. “Mr McGuigan contacted us some months ago to say he wished, as far as his capabilities would permit, to ‘right the wrongs’.
“We are extremely grateful that he has acted with integrity, humanity and decency, reaching out to us from an organisation that had previously treated our family and, more importantly, Siobhan’s memory shamefully with unkind comments and disrespectful actions being made by senior executives.
“There are those within Scottish Rugby who have questions to answer regarding their treatment, or lack thereof, towards Siobhan and we cannot begin to grieve until they are answered.
“Guided by Siobhan’s shining light we will continue her life of love, kindness and compassion for those less fortunate through her Legacy of Love Charity and will work alongside Mr McGuigan in identifying appropriate actions honouring Siobhan.
“We have accepted the Scottish Government’s invitation to meet; discuss their acknowledgement that injury risk, prevention and treatment differs between males and females and work together towards adequately protecting future generations of players in Siobhan’s memory. Similarly, we anticipate our upcoming meeting with the Crown Office will be productive. Thank you to every single person who has supported our broken hearts and kept our beautiful wee girl’s memory alive. We have a long road ahead.”