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Second British rugby player dies

Second British rugby player dies

Police sources said the two players identified as Thomas Howard, 25, and Tom Baty, 26, had serious breathing difficulties on Sunday morning and admitted to the Colombo National Hospital where one of them was pronounced dead.

A RUGBY player has died and one of his teammates is in hospital after the were taken ill while on tour in Sri Lanka.

Clem Pirates were in Colombo on tour, having arrived last Wednesday, before facing Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club (CR & FC).

A statement posted on the club's website on Tuesday said: "It is with great sadness that the club can now confirm that Tom Baty, 26, from Durham City has died this afternoon following his admission to hospital on Sunday, 13th May".

"A further statement will be issued in due course".

It is also not clear if there was any injury or illness which contributed to Mr Baty's death.

The two men are part of Clems Pirates, which is affiliated to Durham City Rugby Club.

A British amateur rugby player has died and a team-mate is critically ill after visiting a nightclub while on tour in Sri Lanka.

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

They visited a nightclub in Colombo after a match against a local team and complained of breathing difficulties after returning to their hotel.

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

A British High Commission spokesman in Colombo said both families were being supported, and they were in contact with the Sri Lankan medical services.

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