Father Sees Rugby Boy, Ten, Die

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A BOY aged ten collapsed and died after warming up for a mini-rugby training session, watched by his shocked father.

As two doctors who happened to be at the ground fought to save Scott Donkin, his father Brian ran to him from the touchline.

When it became clear that the doctors were losing the battle, Mr Donkin, 52, had to be helped away in a state of near collapse.

An ambulance took Scott from the Northern rugby club's ground at Newcastle to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he was declared dead.

A post mortem examination will be held today to try to determine what killed the apparently super-fit boy, who trained regularly with Northern and was a member of one of its junior sides. Mr Donkin, a civilian worker with the police, said yesterday: 'We are obviously very upset.

'We do not know what caused his death and we don't want to say anything until we have had the results of the post mortem.' Mr Donkin has two older sons, aged 31 and 19.

Senior players were said to be 'shattered' by Scott's death. …