Eventer’s son dies following rubgy league injury

A son of New Zealand Olympic eventer Andrew Scott has died five days after sustaining head injuries in a rugby league match at Linton Military Camp in Palmerston North.

Lieutenant Samuel Andrew Scott, 21, died on Wednesday morning at Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Scott was taken by ambulance to Palmerston North Hospital after being injured during a tackle on Friday at an intra-unit league nines game, Fairfax reported. He was flown to Wellington Hospital later that day.

Raised in Manawatu, Samuel Scott graduated from officer cadet school in December 2012 and then worked in the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals. He had been promoted from second lieutenant to lieutenant only a month ago.

A statement from Scott’s family said he died playing a game he loved, in a job he loved.

‘‘Sam passed away peacefully this morning, surrounded by family and army friends. The army is supporting the family greatly during this difficult time,’’ his family said in a statement.

Sam Scott is survived by his parents, Louise and Andrew, who won team gold at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, and younger brother Liam.

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