British rugby player dies after visiting nightclub on Sri Lanka tour

The Durham-based club was scheduled to play several games in and around Colombo in the course of the Sri Lanka tour

The Durham-based club was scheduled to play several games in and around Colombo in the course of the Sri Lanka tour

A British rugby player who was touring Sri Lanka with a club team has died in a private hospital in Colombo due to a respiratory issue.

A club statement released on Durham City RFC's website 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, 13 May".

Howard, 25, died in hospital Sunday, according to a statement from Durham City Rugby and Football Club (DCRFC) and the UK Foreign Office.

A police spokesman told the BBC: "Both men had returned from a nightclub and had complained of breathing difficulties, and they were admitted to the hospital, one died and another is in very critical condition".

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".

"We would like to extend our honest condolences to the Baty family".


The club previously said that in both cases the breathing problems were non-rugby related.

England rugby player Tamara Taylor was among those offering their sympathies on social media.

'They are very much appreciated at this hard time, ' he said. Sending love to all at Clems Pirates and @DurhamCityRFC #RugbyFamily'.

The team was staying in a hotel in Colombo after playing their opening match against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club on Saturday.

The British high commission (embassy) said it was supporting the families of the two men and was in contact with local authorities.

The Sri Lankan police force was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN.

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