Scottish Rugby has apologised for its dealing with of the loss of life of former worldwide participant Siobhan Cattigan, saying it had “let down” her household.
The Stirling County RFC star died in November 2021, aged 26, having made 19 appearances for her nation.
Her membership described her as an “inspiration”, whereas Scottish Rugby mentioned it was “deeply saddened” by her loss of life.
But in an announcement forward of the second anniversary of her loss of life, the organisation mentioned it was clear it “should have managed this tragic situation better”.
That included Cattigan’s funeral, which noticed a few of her teammates miss the service after not being not advised of her household’s needs that all of them attend.
Scottish Rugby additionally didn’t instantly contact her household after her loss of life to supply condolences.
Its assertion got here after conferences between Cattigan’s dad and mom, associate, and Scottish Rugby chair John McGuigan.
“Having listened to the family I want on behalf of Scottish Rugby to say sorry,” Mr McGuigan mentioned.
“Albeit Scottish Rugby did not intend to cause distress to the family through our actions, it’s clear we should have managed this tragic situation better.”
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Mr McGuigan, who grew to become chair earlier this yr, mentioned Cattigan’s dad and mom raised a number of considerations in regards to the aftermath of her loss of life – in addition to her time with the Scotland squad.
They advised him there have been “some situations when we, as Scottish Rugby, could have supported her better”.
“They told me Siobhan had specifically mentioned medical and welfare care, as well as how information around selection was communicated,” Mr McGuigan mentioned.
Her dad and mom have been additionally vital of a tribute made at Murrayfield earlier than a Six Nations match vs Ireland this yr.
Mr McGuigan admitted it “should have taken place at a much earlier opportunity”.
“As Scottish Rugby we are fully committed to supporting the family’s work to maintain Siobhan’s memory,” he added.
Discussions about how to do that are mentioned to be ongoing.