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Sean Wainui: Returning Maori All Blacks and Chiefs, 25, Die in Car Crash |  Rugby Union News

Mark Robinson, Managing Director of New Zealand Rugby: “We know that Sean’s passing will be deeply felt by all involved in rugby, especially his Bay of Plenty and Chiefs teammates, and we share their pain and their pain. shock.”

Last update: 10/18/21 6:56 am

Sean Wainui has played 10 times for the Maori All Blacks

Maori All Blacks full-back Sean Wainui died in a car crash on Monday. He was 25 years old and the father of two children.

Police said they were told at 7:50 a.m. that a vehicle had crashed into a tree at McLaren Falls Park near Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island.

Wainui was the sole occupant.

“We know that Sean’s passing will be deeply felt by everyone involved in rugby, especially his Bay of Plenty and Chiefs teammates and we share their grief and shock,” New Zealand Rugby chief executive said. , Mark Robinson.

He called on the media to give the Wainui family “a space to mourn as we all reflect on a young life that ended far too soon.”

Wainui joined the Chiefs in 2018 where he was an extremely popular figure with fans.

He broke the record for most tries in a Super Rugby game with five against the Waratahs earlier this year before joining the provincial Bay of Plenty team.

Wainui has made 44 Super Rugby appearances for the Chiefs, after spending two years with the Crusaders. He also played 10 games for the Maori All Blacks.

“He was an influential member of the teams he was a part of and his presence will be missed,” said Clayton McMillan, the Maori All Blacks, Chiefs and the former Bay of Plenty head coach.

“He embodied everything you could ask of a player. He will be remembered for being a passionate, hardworking and proud Maori who was an exceptional player but above all a father and husband.”


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