The world of sport was struck by very sad news this Monday morning. At just 25, New Zealand Maori All Black star Sean Wainui was killed in a car crash. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
The tragedy occurred in New Zealand near Tauranga in McLaren Falls Park. The young athlete was driving alone in the car and no one else was directly involved in the accident. It is not known exactly what happened on the road. Wainui and his wife, whom he married 14 months ago, had two young children. The police confirmed that the tragedy had indeed taken place.
Wainui was one of the brightest stars in the so-called Super League, the world’s most watched and prestigious rugby league, played in the southern hemisphere. He made his debut here in 2016, when he joined the Crusaders and then transferred to the Chiefs in 2018. He played 44 games there, in which he collected 90 points. In 2021, he moved to the Bay of Plenty.
There’s been a lot of talk about this young athlete this year, when he was the first player in this competition to score five spots in one game, which he did against the Waratahs. He also played for the national team, when he started in four games for the New Zealand Under-20 National Team and he also played 10 games for the Maori All Blacks Senior National Team.
We are heartbroken by the death of one of our Rangatira. Sean, you were an inspiration and you will never be forgotten. We extend all our strength and aroha to your whānau and your friends. ??
May you sleep well. pic.twitter.com/DIZWeTsYiW
– New Zealand Rugby (@NZRugby) October 18, 2021
“It broke our hearts that we lost one of our Rangatirs. Sean, you were an inspiration and we will never forget you. We send all of our strength to all your family and friends.” wrote the New Zealand Rugby Association on their twitter profile.
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