Siobhan Cattigan Q&A
Find out more about Scotland forward Siobhan Cattigan in our Q&A below.
Where and when did you start playing rugby?
I started playing rugby when I was about 5 years old for McLaren Minis. The team was based in my hometown of Callander. My big brother played for the minis and my Dad was a coach at the club.
What was your first rugby memory?
I remember my Dad asking me one day if I wanted to give rugby a go and I said yes and went along to one of the minis sessions. I was hooked from then. I remember playing alongside mostly boys, but I didn’t mind, I just loved playing.
Are there any other sports you enjoy playing or watching?
I played every sport almost when I was younger but now it is mostly rugby, however, I like to watch athletics and enjoy going out for runs with my chocolate Labrador Breagha whenever I can.
What motivates you?
My family motivates me hugely. They are the reason I am in this position and the support I receive from them always pushes me to get better and perform as best as I can. Obviously being a rugby player, I’m motivated to be selected and play in games, pulling on the jersey is what you do all the training for.
Tell us about getting your first Scotland cap
I got my first cap in the opening round of the 2018 Six Nations away against Wales. I came off the bench and into blindside flanker. It was an amazing experience. Singing the national anthem for the first time was incredible. My Dad actually surprised me and made the trip down to Wales to watch me play so that was nice to have him in the crowd and I knew that the rest of my family and friends were supporting me from home.
Share an inspirational quote with us
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss.
“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference”. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my mum. She is an incredibly strong and brave woman and I take so much inspiration from her. She is my biggest fan too.
What’s a personal goal you have set yourself for this season?
Just to try and really enjoy playing my rugby. We’ve had a tough year with the pandemic and so I feel privileged to be in a position to be able to play so I just want to give it my all.
What is the most memorable match you have played in and why?
Our away win against Ireland in 2018 would be up there. It was our first away win in 12 years, and it was special. Also, our game at home against Canada in the same year was another memorable match for me. We played really well and almost beat them in front of a home crowd.
Who is your favourite Scotland player to be on the pitch with?
I enjoy playing alongside players such as Helen Nelson and Louise McMillan. They are both very talented rugby players and as people, I think they are approachable and calm which can really help on the field.
What are you currently watching?
I have been watching Line of Duty and a series on Netflix called F1 Drive to Survive – it’s a really interesting series.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to start playing rugby?
Absolutely go and give it a try no matter what age or ability you are. Apart from getting to an elite level, rugby has given me so much more in terms of friends, a social life, confidence, and pride in my abilities. There really is a place for anyone in rugby and I would encourage anyone to give it a try.
What are the characteristics of a Scotland player on the pitch?
Brave, a never give up attitude and team-oriented.