Rugby | New Zealand: Chiefs Tremendous Rugby star Sean Wainui dies in automotive accident


Sean Wainui, a rising star of Tremendous Rugby with the Hamilton-based Chiefs, died Monday in an auto accident. He was 25 and the daddy of two youngsters. His demise was confirmed by members of the family and by New Zealand Rugby which mentioned “one among New Zealand Rugby’s tallest Totara timber has fallen.”

Wainui performed 44 matches for the Chiefs from 2018. He additionally performed 9 occasions for the Christchurch-based Crusaders and was a New Zealand Maori consultant from 2015. Wainui scored 5 tries for the Chiefs towards the New South Wales Waratahs in June, a Tremendous Rugby document.

Police mentioned they have been notified at 7.50 a.m. {that a} car had crashed right into a tree at McLaren Falls Park close to Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island. Wainui was the one occupant.

“To you Sean, our Rangatira (chief), we farewell you to the outspread arms of the multitudes who await you past this earthly realm,” New Zealand Rugby mentioned in a press release. “You allow us right here bereft and (to) drown in sorrow as we weep for you.”

Chief govt Mark Robinson despatched New Zealand Rugby’s condolences to Wainui’s spouse, Paige, and his household.

“Our ideas are with Sean and his whanau (household), notably Paige, Kawariki and Arahia, and we provide them our full help,” Robinson mentioned. “We all know Sean’s passing will likely be felt deeply by everybody concerned in rugby, notably his Bay of Lots and Chiefs teammates, and we share their sorrow and their shock.”

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