Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Second British amateur rugby player dies on Sri Lanka tour

Second British amateur rugby player dies on Sri Lanka tour

Mr Howard, from Durham, died after being admitted to hospital on Sunday.

A 22-strong party from the club arrived in Sri Lanka last Thursday and played a friendly against a local team two days later.

Thomas Baty, 26, and Thomas Howard, 25, both died after they were admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties.

Thomas Reed, 27 years old had died on May 15 while being treated at the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Colombo.

Mr Baty, also from Durham, who had been critically ill, has also now died.

British rugby is in shock following the death of a club player while touring Sri Lanka.

Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera reportedly told the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror that the team was staying in a hotel in Colombo after playing their opening match against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club.

British media were giving the story heavy coverage, with The Times reporting on Tuesday that "local police said that they were investigating links to "narcotics and liquor".

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.

He had ruled the death was caused not by a disease or an injury.

The club asked that the privacy of the men's families be "respected and upheld at this hard time".

The JMO then issued an open verdict and had ordered to send body specimen to the Government Analyst for further tests.

The pair had visited a nightclub within the Sri Lankan capital Saturday throughout a tour of the nation with their crew Clems Pirates RFC.

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