Scotland international rugby player Siobhan Cattigan has died suddenly at the age of 26
- Scotland international rugby player Siobhan Cattigan has died at the age of 26
- The rugby star, who won 19 caps for her country in her career, died on Friday
- Scottish Rugby now have ‘specialist employees providing ongoing support’
- Cause of death has not been revealed though it is thought to be non-suspicious
Scotland international rugby player Siobhan Cattigan has died suddenly at the age of 26 – with her death thought to be non-suspicious.
Cattigan, who won 19 caps for her country, died on Friday, Scottish Rugby announced, with her club Stirling describing it as a ‘tragic passing’.
The cause of death is unclear, with Scottish Rugby saying it will provide ‘support’ to those most affected.
Police Scotland have not been made aware of the rugby star’s death, suggesting it is non-suspicious.
A statement from the governing body read: ‘Scottish Rugby is deeply saddened to hear Scotland international Siobhan Cattigan has died.
‘The thoughts of all our people and players go out to Siobhan’s family and many team-mates at Stirling County and Scotland at this incredibly difficult time.
‘Specialist Scottish Rugby employees are now providing ongoing support to those most closely affected.’
Scotland international Siobhan Cattigan has died aged 26, Scottish Rugby has announced
Cattigan made her Scotland debut against Wales during the 2018 Six Nations.
She also started all three matches in this year’s edition of the tournament. Cattigan most recently represented her country in a World Cup qualifier against Spain back in September.
Cattigan began playing the sport at the age of five and was a passionate advocate for female players.
She previously called out sexism in the sport and attempted to encourage more women to take part.
Cattigan talked about how she gave up the sport during high school because of sexism, before picking it up again at university.
She studied Criminology and Sociology at the University of Stirling before completing a Masters in Sports Psychology.
Responding to sexism on Twitter last year, she said: ‘Opinions like this are the reason I stopped playing the game I loved in high-school for 5 years. It is only down to luck I went to uni & decided to started playing again. If I continued to care about opinions akin to the below I’d not be sitting here with 14 caps for my country.’
Cattigan (passing the ball) in action during a Six Nations game between England and Scotland
The back row, who won 19 caps for her country, made her Scotland debut vs Wales in 2018
During her time in high school, she received the War Memorial Prize in recognition of her charity work for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.
A statement from Stirling after her death said: ‘It’s with a heavy heart we pass on the news of the tragic passing of Siobhan (Shibby) on Friday November 26.
‘Shibby has been a big part of County for many years and will be hugely missed by everyone at the club. She was central to the development of women’s rugby within the club and an inspiration to the girls in the youth section.
‘Shibby was a team-mate and friend and we deeply mourn her loss. Our love, thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with Shibby’s family at this devastating time.
‘We very much hope their privacy will be respected by everyone as they deal with their tragic loss.’
Tributes poured in from across the game after Cattigan’s death was announced.
World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: ‘Deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Scotland international Siobhan Cattigan. She was a fine player and an inspiration to many.
‘My thoughts are with Siobhan’s family and her Scotland and Stirling County teammates and friends at this difficult time.’
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