British Rugby player who was in critical condition dies

British Rugby player who was in critical condition dies

"Subsequently, one of the two has died and one remains in hospital".

Thomas Howard, 25, and Tom Baty, 26, developed breathing difficulties on Sunday morning after returning from the club in Colombo and were rushed to the main state-run hospital in the capital.

The Durham City Clem's Pirates arrived Sri Lanka on Thursday (10) last week with a schedule of a few friendly matches and coaching camps in Colombo and a few major cities of the country.

Mr Howard's post-mortem examination did not reveal any existing injury or illness that might have caused his death.

Mr Wilkinson also extended his best wishes to Mr Baty and those in Sri Lanka supporting him.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said they were assisting families of two British men.


Officers have not been able to tell interested parties when this information will emerge.

A second amateur rugby player has died after being admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties during a tour of Sri Lanka, a Durham rugby club has confirmed.

Durham City, in a message posted on its website, said "the Howard and Baty families have requested that their right to privacy is respected".

Durham City RFC president Richard Wilkinson said: "On behalf of all members and friends of the DCRFC family we would like to extend our honest condolences to the family of Thomas Howard".

Some of the team's players went to a nightclub after playing their first match of the tour and returned to their hotel in the early hours of Sunday, according to local police.

He said the club had organised numerous tours overseas in the past and had never had any problems before.

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