Sean Wainui: Maori All Blacks participant dies in New Zealand automotive crash

Wainui represented the All Blacks at Beneath 20 degree and performed with Bay of Lots this 12 months

New Zealand rugby participant Sean Wainui has died in a automotive crash.

Police mentioned the 25-year-old, a former under-20 worldwide, was killed in a single-vehicle accident when his automotive hit a tree close to Tauranga.

Wainui performed 10 instances for the Maori All Blacks and made 44 Tremendous Rugby appearances for the Waikato Chiefs.

In June, he scored 5 tries in opposition to the NSW Waratahs – setting the report for probably the most tries by a participant in a single Tremendous Rugby match.

He additionally performed for Bay of Lots throughout the 2021 provincial rugby season.

New Zealand Rugby chief govt Mark Robinson mentioned the father-of-two’s dying was “a darkish day for rugby”.

“Sean’s passing will probably be felt deeply by everybody concerned in rugby, significantly his Bay of Lots and Chiefs team-mates,” he mentioned in an announcement.

“We share their sorrow and their shock.”

Former All Black Sonny Invoice Williams paid tribute on social media.

“Though I did not play alongside him, I might all the time really feel his mana [stature] developing in opposition to him as his opposition,” he tweeted.

Maori All Blacks, Chiefs and former Bay of Lots head coach Clayton McMillan praised Wainui’s achievements.

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

“He epitomised every part you can presumably ask for in a participant. He will probably be remembered for being a passionate, hard-working, proud Maori who was an distinctive participant however extra importantly father and husband.”

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