Siobhan Cattigan: Scotland rugby international and anti-sexism campaigner dies aged 26

A statement from the governing body read: 'Scottish Rugby is deeply saddened to hear Scotland international Siobhan Cattigan has died.'

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Scotland international Siobhan Cattigan has died aged 26, Scottish Rugby has announced.

The back row, who won 19 caps for her country, died on Friday, with her club Stirling describing it as a “tragic passing”.

A statement from the governing body read: “Scottish Rugby is deeply saddened to hear Scotland international Siobhan Cattigan has died.

Cattigan was a vocal advocate for female players and frequently took to social media to blast sexism in the sport.

She previously revealed how sexist abuse had forced her to give up the sport while at school. Cattigan said she was called 'manly' and bullied for being the only girl on the school rugby team.

“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.”

A statement from Stirling added: “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.”