May 17 (Chronicle) Sri Lankan police have ordered more tests as the cause of Durham rugby player Thomas Howard's death remains unexplained, it has been reported.
The 25-year-old and his team-mate Thomas Baty, 26, died after visiting a nightclub in Colombo during a rugby tour.
A post-mortem examination found no injury or natural causes for Mr Howard's death.
And now further tests have been ordered.
Sri Lankan health minister Rajitha Senarathane said the chief judicial medical officer "couldn't find the correct diagnosis for the cause of the death".
He said: "From the post-mortem they can't find anything so they have taken certain organs of the body and they have sent it to the Government analysts."
"They have played rugger, so they would be exhausted enough. After that, they were without sleep until early morning in a nightclub."
The men had been touring the country with Durham-based Clems Pirates RFC and begun with a game against Ceylonese Rugby and Football Club (CRFC) in Colombo.
Former Sri Lanka and CRFC player Pavithra Fernando, who was supposed to play in the match but had had a cold, said there had been "no issues" during the game.
"After the match all of us had a friendly drink together in the club and they left around 11pm," he said.
Sri Lankan police said some British players went to Colombo's Cleopatra nightclub after the match and returned to their hotel in the early hours of Sunday.
Mr Howard and Mr Baty complained of breathing difficulties to the hotel management and were taken to Nawaloka Hospital, where they died.