England player dies in Sri Lanka

Rugby: England player dies in Sri Lanka

Rugby: England player dies 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.

Mr Howard died after being admitted to hospital in the city of Colombo on Sunday.

The squad have played just one match out in Sri Lanka against a local club since their landing on Thursday.

In a statement, Durham City Rugby Football Club said it was with "great sadness" that they announced the death of 26-year-old Tom Baty on Tuesday afternoon.

A British amateur rugby player has died and another is critically ill after complaining of breathing difficulties on returning from a nightclub in Sri Lanka.

Howard's death was confirmed in a club statement issued on Monday.

An unnamed player from the visiting Durham City Clem's Pirates Rugby team, has passed away on Monday (14) under tragic circumstances according to informed sources.

The men, who were taken to hospital with non rugby-related breathing difficulties, were on an end of season tour overseas with the Clems Pirates team, from Durham City RFC.

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

Police said an autopsy on Howard revealed that he did not die due to any external injuries or any illness.

He added they were staying at a hotel in Colombo after playing their opening match against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club on Saturday.

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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