Tributes pour in for Durham rugby player who died in Sri Lanka

Rugby: England player dies in Sri Lanka

A British Rugby player dies in Sri Lanka Mon, May 14, 2018, 11:23 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

The club confirmed with "great sadness" that Baty, his 26-year-old teammate had also died Tuesday.

Durham City RFC president Richard Wilkinson said: 'On behalf of all members and friends of the DCRFC family we would like to extend our honest condolences to the family of Thomas Howard'.

His team-mate Thomas Howard, 25, died at around noon on Sunday, shortly after the pair were admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties.

They were playing as part of Clems Pirates, which is affiliated with Durham City Rugby Club, and is well known for raising money for good causes.

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

"We would like to extend our honest condolences to the Baty family".

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A British High Commission spokesman in Colombo said both families were being supported, and they were in contact with the Sri Lankan medical services.

'They are very much appreciated at this hard time, ' he said.

The deceased player and other player were hospitalized by the hotel management as they were suffering from respiratory issues.

Clem Pirates were in Colombo on tour, having arrived last Wednesday, before facing Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club (CR & FC).

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said it was assisting families of two British men.

The Sri Lankan police force was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN.

Clem's Pirates, described as a veterans team who raise money for charities in the United Kingdom and overseas, are based at Durham City Rugby Club.

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