Family of late rugby player to sue Scottish Rugby and World Rugby

Family of late rugby player to sue Scottish Rugby and World Rugby

Robert Holland

The parents of Scottish rugby player Siobhan Cattigan, who suddenly died last year at the age of 26, have launched legal action against the Scottish Rugby Union and World Rugby.

Balfour and Manson LLP is representing Neil and Morven Cattigan in their lawsuit against rugby authorities, alleging that concerns about Ms Cattigan’s health were not taken seriously following head injuries she sustained in 2020 and 2021.

Robert Holland, representing the Cattigans, said: “The central issue is whether this tragedy was avoidable if the head injury protocols brought in to protect players had been followed.

“Claims have been served on both World Rugby and the Scottish Rugby Union, and we await a response.

“It is hoped matters can be resolved so Siobhan’s family can finally get some closure and lessons can be learnt by rugby union’s governing bodies.”

Ms Cattigan, who played for Stirling County and Scotland, died in November.

In a statement, the Scottish Rugby Union said: “We fully acknowledge the seriousness of what the family have shared [in a recent interview], however there are details and assertions about how our people are said to have acted that we do not recognise, or accept.

“Respecting medical confidentiality, and with reference in the interview to a potential legal claim, we are not in a position to communicate further on any details of Siobhan’s care at this time.

“We will continue to work closely with the many people connected to Scottish Rugby who knew and played with Siobhan to ensure they are supported at this very difficult time.”

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