British rugby player dies and second taken ill during Sri Lanka tour

  • British rugby player dies and second taken ill during Sri Lanka tour

British rugby player dies and second taken ill during Sri Lanka tour

A British amateur rugby player has died and another is critically ill after complaining of breathing difficulties on returning from a nightclub in Sri Lanka.

Thomas Howard, 25, passed away while visiting South Asia with Durham City RFC.

The men arrived in the country on May 10 as part of a 22-player team tour with Durham City Rugby Football Club.

Richard Wilkinson, club president, extended his sympathy to the family of Howard and best wishes to Baty for his recovery.

The pair were touring Sri Lanka with the Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC.

A 27-year-old pal is in a critical condition.

After emergency treatment a player has passed away early morning on Monday (14) while the other player is now under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the private hospital.

It was revealed after arriving at their team hotel, few players have gone to a nightclub in Colpetty.

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".

Durham City Rugby Club, which oversees rugby union "veterans" team the Pirates, said in a statement the pair suffered "non-rugby related breathing problems" and were admitted to hospital.

'Subsequently, one of the two has died and one remains in hospital.