Two young rugby players from Durham die after visiting Sri Lankan nightclub

Two rugby players on a club tour to Sri Lanka have died in mysterious circumstances after falling ill after a night out.

Thomas Baty
Thomas Baty

Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, were travelling with touring side Clems Pirates, who are based in their home city of Durham.

Mr Howard died on Sunday and Mr Baty, who had been critically ill, passed away in hospital today.

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They visited a nightclub in Colombo after a match against a local team and complained of breathing difficulties after returning to their hotel.

Thomas Howard

Post-mortem samples have been sent for further analysis to establish the cause of death.

The squad arrived in Sri Lanka on May 9.

Among the rugby clubs to pay tribute to the pair was Skipton-based Wharfedale, who tweeted:

"Our recent worries are put into perspective when compared to the devastation that must be being felt at Durham City RFC and by all those that knew & loved Tom Baty & Thomas Howard. Our sincerest condolences. #RugbyFamily."