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Second British amateur rugby player dies on Sri Lanka tour

Second British amateur rugby player dies on Sri Lanka tour Second British amateur rugby player dies on Sri Lanka tour
Kristopher Love | 15 May, 2018, 19:14

Durham City Rugby Club said in a statement: "Whilst touring Sri Lanka two members of the party suffered non-rugby related breathing problems and were admitted to hospital".

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.

"Both players and Clems Pirates hold a special place in our rugby family, and our continued support is unconditional".

The pair had visited a nightclub in the Sri Lankan capital Saturday during a tour of the country with their team Clems Pirates RFC. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

A spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office told the BBC: "Our staff are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Sri Lanka, and are in contact with the Sri Lankan hospital services".

A photo issued by Durham City Rugby Football Club of amateur player Tom Baty.

A statement posted on the club's website on Tuesday 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, ~May 13".

Durham County Councillor Richard Ormerod said it was very sad news for all those involved.

A team mate is said by police to be in a "very" critical condition.

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

"Thoughts and prayers at this hard time".

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

"They do a lot of good work raising money for charity and introducing people to rugby", he said.

She tweeted: 'Unbelievably tragic news.

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