Two British rugby players have died while on tour in Sri Lanka after suddenly falling ill.
Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, both suffered breathing difficulties after returning from a nightclub in Colombo on Sunday.
Howard died shortly after being admitted to hospital, and Baty died two days later.
A post-mortem conducted on Howard yesterday was inconclusive, with no sign of any injury or illness.
Samples were sent for further analysis.
The pair were part of a 22-man squad touring with Clems Pirates, a touring side affiliated with Durham City RFC.
“Both players and Clems Pirates hold a special place in our rugby family, and our continued support is unconditional,” club president Richard Wilkinson said yesterday.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the many messages of sympathy and support that have been received from our members, friends and the wider rugby family; they are very much appreciated at this difficult time.”
The amateur side played a match last week against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club, one of Sri Lanka’s top teams.
Clem’s Pirates have announced they will continue with their planned charity work while in Sri Lanka. 9News
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