Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

England player dies in Sri Lanka

England player dies in Sri Lanka

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

Baty was transferred to the private Nawaloka hospital where he too died on Tuesday afternoon despite intensive care, officials said.

News In Asia reported that the British team had arrived in Sri Lanka from Britain on May 10 and on Saturday had played a friendly rugby match and had thereafter had dinner at a restaurant.

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".

The pair had been touring the country with Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC when they visited the club in Colombo.

The club issued a statement which said: "The Howard and Baty families have requested that their right to privacy is respected".

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A second British amateur rugby player has died on tour in Sri Lanka, his club has confirmed.

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

In a statement released on Monday following the announcement of Mr Howard's death, Durham City RFC president Richard Wilkinson said: 'Both players and Clems Pirates hold a special place in our rugby family, and our continued support is unconditional.

'My thoughts are with the families and friends and team-mates, ' the councillor said.

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

She tweeted: 'Unbelievably tragic news.

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