Māori All Blacks player Sean Wainui, 25, dies after car crash


A rising star who performed 10 occasions for the Māori All Blacks, Wainui had a quick spell with the Crusaders, earlier than becoming a member of the Chiefs in 2018.

He went on to make 44 appearances for the Chiefs and broke the document for variety of tries in a Super Rugby recreation when he scored 5 in opposition to the Waratahs earlier this yr.

Wainui, who’s survived by his spouse Paige and two youngsters, had joined the Bay of Plenty this season.

“Our thoughts are with Sean and his whānau (extended family), particularly Paige, Kawariki and Arahia, and we offer them our full support at what is the most difficult of times,” mentioned New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson in a statement.

“We know Sean’s passing will be felt deeply by everyone involved in rugby, particularly his Bay of Plenty and Chiefs teammates, and we share their sorrow and their shock.”

Wainui of the Maori All Blacks performs the haka on July 03, 2021.
Local media reported Wainui was concerned in a single-vehicle crash at McLaren Falls Park, close to Tauranga, on New Zealand’s north island.
Police in Bay of Plenty & Taupo said an individual had died after a automobile had crashed right into a tree at round 7:50 am (native time).

“The sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene,” continued the assertion that didn’t title the driving force.

Police informed CNN that formal identification of the physique is but to happen.

“He epitomized everything you could possibly ask for in a player,” said Māori All Blacks and Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan.

“He will be remembered for being a passionate, hard-working, proud Māori who was an exceptional player, but more importantly, father and husband.

“He was an influential member within the groups he has been part of, and his presence can be missed.”

The Māori All Blacks is a historic crew in New Zealand with a prerequisite that each participant should have Māori ancestry, completely different from the All Blacks worldwide aspect.

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