British amateur rugby player dies on Clem's Pirates tour of Sri Lanka

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

Howard died shortly after admission, police said.

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

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

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".

Several players had gone to the nightclub after playing their tour-opener against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club in Colombo on Saturday.

Mr Howard's post-mortem examination did not reveal any existing injury or illness that might have caused his death.

The club previously said that in both cases the breathing problems were non-rugby related. In a statement released on Monday following the announcement of Howard's death, the 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".

Two British rugby players on tour in Sri Lanka have now died after suffering breathing problems.

'I really feel for the families, being that far away and knowing that a family member has died must be bad, ' he said.

He added that Clems Pirates was well known in the community.

Sri Lanka Police said a 26-year-old man had died in hospital at 12:00 local time on Sunday.

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

Neil Foster, chief executive of Tynedale RFC wrote: 'Tragic news.

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