Durham man dies on rugby tour in Sri Lanka

Durham man dies on rugby tour in Sri Lanka

Durham man dies on rugby tour in Sri Lanka

His teammate Thomas Howard, 25, died at around noon on Sunday, shortly after the pair were admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties.

Meanwhile, the postmortem on the first victim who died on Sunday was conducted by the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer this morning (May 15).

Initial investigations showed the two victims from the Durham City Rugby Football Club, along with their team mates, had played a friendly with the Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club on Saturday.

Mr Baty, also from Durham, who had been critically ill, has also now died.

Their club arrived in Colombo as part of an amateur team called Clems Pirates, which is part of Durham City RFC.

Two British rugby players on tour in Sri Lanka have now died after suffering breathing problems.

After the banquet, British Rugby players had come to the hotel where they were staying and afterwards had gone to a night club in Kollupitiya, the police said.

After the match, they had visited the club and team members returned to their hotel in smaller groups by early Sunday.

"The club requests that the Howard and Baty families' right to privacy is respected and upheld at this most hard time".

The two players are said to have complained of breathing difficulties at around 10am.

Durham City RFC president Richard Wilkinson said: "Both players and Clems Pirates hold a special place in our rugby family, and our continued support is unconditional".

A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesperson told CNN it was "in contact with the Sri Lankan hospital, police and coroner", as well as assisting the families of both men.

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