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Men’s Rugby Union Second rugby player dies on tour of Sri Lanka

A SECOND player from a British rugby club visiting Sri Lanka died yesterday, two days after being admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties, police said.

Tom Baty, 27, and his teammate Thomas Howard, 26, were admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties on Sunday. Howard died shortly afterwards.

The 22-strong party from Durham City arrived in Sri Lanka last Thursday and played a friendly against a local club on Saturday. The two fell ill the following morning.

Howard’s post-mortem examination yesterday did not show any injury or illness to have caused his death. The judicial medial officer gave an open verdict and sent samples for further analysis.

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