British rugby player dies and another critically ill in Sri Lanka

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.

The pair of players had been touring the country with Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC when they visited the club in Colombo.

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

The teammate is said by police to be in a “very” critical condition in hospital.

They arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday and began the tour with a game against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club (CR & FC) in Colombo.

According to the police, British players went to a nightclub after the match and returned to their hotel in the early hours of Sunday.

The two players complained of breathing difficulties to the hotel management at about 10:00 on Sunday. One died shortly after being admitted to the hospital less than two hours later.

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