New Zealand rugby participant Sean Wainui has died in a automobile crash.
Police mentioned the 25-year-old, a former under-20 worldwide, was killed in a single-vehicle accident when his automobile 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 towards the NSW Waratahs – setting the file for essentially the most tries by a participant in a single Tremendous Rugby match.
He additionally performed for Bay of Loads throughout the 2021 provincial rugby season.
New Zealand Rugby chief government 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, notably his Bay of Loads 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 may at all times really feel his mana [stature] arising towards him as his opposition,” he tweeted.
Maori All Blacks, Chiefs and former Bay of Loads 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 all the things you might 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.”