Chiefs, Bay of Plenty and Maori All Blacks player Sean Wainui died in a car accident at the age of 25
Maori All Blacks defender Sean Wainui is after a Monday only car accident died.
The 25-year-old played 10 games for the Maori All Blacks and made 44 super rugby appearances for the Chiefs after a time with the Crusaders.
His death was due to family members and New Zealand rugby confirming that “one of the tallest totara trees in New Zealand rugby has fallen”.
He leaves behind a devastated wife Paige and two small children – son Kawariki (2) and stepdaughter Arahia.
Chiefs, Bay of Plenty and Maori All Blacks player Sean Wainui died in a car accident at the age of 25. (Photo: Hannah Peters / Getty Images)
Police said they were notified at 7:50 a.m. that a vehicle had hit a tree in McLaren Falls Park near Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island. </ P "To you, Sean, our Rangatira (chief), we bid you farewell to the outspread arms of the masses who await you beyond this earthly realm," New Zealand rugby said in a statement. "You leave us here robbed and (to) drown in grief while we cry for you."
“Our thoughts are with Sean and his Whanau (family), especially Paige, Kawariki and Arahia, and we offer them our full support, ”said Robinson. “We know Sean’s death will be felt deeply by everyone involved in rugby, especially his teammates at Bay of Plenty and Chiefs, and we share their sadness and shock.”
My thoughts are with the family of Sean Wainuis. Especially his wife & little child. Even though I wasn’t playing alongside him, I could always feel his mana as his opponent. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Wainui played 44 games for the Chiefs from 2018. He also played nine times for the Christchurch-based Crusaders and was New Zealand’s Maori representative from 2015.
Wainui scored five attempts for the Chiefs against the New South Wales Waratahs in June, a super rugby record.
Wainui joined the Chiefs in 2018, where he was a very popular figure with the fans.
He broke the record for the number of attempts in a super rugby game with five against the Waratahs before joining the Bay provincial team earlier this year of Plenty moved.
“He has been an influential member of the teams he has appeared on and we will miss his presence,” said Clayton McMillan, head coach of the Maori All Blacks, Chiefs and former Bay of Plenty head coach .
“He embodied everything one could wish for in a player. He will be remembered as a passionate, hardworking and proud Maori who was an exceptional player, but above all a father and husband.”
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