Sean Wainui, wing of Chiefs and with experience in Maori All Blacks, died at the age of 25 after a traffic accident that took his life. A news that impacted in New Zealand and throughout the rugby world.
The back died in Omanawa, near Tauranga, on the North Island of New Zealand. Mark Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Rugby, mourned the player’s passing: “Our thoughts are with Sean and his whānau, particularly Paige, Kawariki and Arahia, and we offer them our full support in the most difficult moments. We know that the death of Sean will be deeply felt by everyone involved in rugby, particularly his Bay of Plenty and Chiefs teammates, and we share his grief and shock, “he said in a statement.
At the same time, Chiefs He also spoke out at the loss of Wainui: “One of the tallest totara trees in Rugby NZ has fallen. To you Sean, our Rangatira, we bid farewell with outstretched arms from the crowds that await you beyond this earthly realm. You leave us here stripped and drowned in grief while we cry for you. Rest well in peaceful rest, “wrote the official Twitter account.
Wainui represented the New Zealand M20 team and the Maori All Blacks. While at NPC’s Bay of Plenty Rugby, he joined the Chiefs in 2018, and at the last Trans Tasman Super Rugby, the wing managed to support five tries in a match against Waratahs.