Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

British rugby player dies in Sri Lanka after visiting nightclub

British rugby player dies in Sri Lanka after visiting nightclub

A second visiting English amateur rugby player has died in a Sri Lankan hospital after visiting a nightclub and police are now investigating the circumstances, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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".

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

Mr Baty's teammate, Thomas Howard, 26, died on Sunday - also as a result of breathing difficulties.

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Both players were members of the Durham-based Clem's Pirates rugby team who were due to be playing a series of matches in the capital throughout May.

"We also extend our best wishes to Paul, Alyson and Charlotte who are in Sri Lanka supporting Tom Baty as he takes on the challenge of his recovery".

"We will also continue to support the Clems Sri Lankan Tour party by being in regular contact with senior club officials out in Sri Lanka".

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. Sending love to all at Clems Pirates and @DurhamCityRFC #RugbyFamily'.

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"Thoughts and prayers at this hard time".

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

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

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

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