Neil and Morvan Cattigan will never resign themselves. Not before getting answers to their questions. Last November, this Scottish couple lost their daughter Siobhan, 26, third line of Stirling County (1st Scottish women’s division) and international with 18 selections. A death whose circumstances have not been disclosed but for which they attribute responsibility to the failures of the staff as regards the prevention and management of the repeated concussions suffered by their daughter. Without satisfactory feedback from the Scottish Federation, the Cattigans have just moved up a gear by asking for the opening of an independent investigation into the circumstances of Siobhan’s death.
Already at the end of July, the couple had filed a complaint against the national and international rugby federations. “They fixed his broken bones but turned their backs on his crumbling brain,” then explained his father in a moving interview to the Sunday Times. We learned that the player had suffered several brain injuries, including a violent knee to the head against Wales seven months before her death.
“They fixed his broken bones but turned their backs on his crumbling brain”
“While she is being treated by a member of the medical staff, she hears the coach repeating through his headset: “Get her back on this fucking ground!” And she came back.” said her father, convinced that his daughter would still be alive if she had been referred to a neurologist.
After denying the accusations against the national staff, the Scottish Federation, through the voice of its executive director Mark Dodson, refuted the need for an independent investigation, preferring to manage the file within its walls. But according to observers, the Siobhan Cattigan affair should make them tremble for a long time.