October 18, 2021
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Maori All Blacks star dies in accident

Maori All Blacks and Chiefs winger Sean Wainui died in a car accident in NZ this morning.

The 25-year-old toured Fiji with the Moari All Blacks in 2019 where the Flying Fijians beat them 27-10 at the ANZ Stadium.

He was also part of the Chiefs lineup that beat the Crusaders 40-27 at the same venue in the same year.

He began his Super Rugby career in Christchurch with the Crusaders, before switching to the Chiefs in 2018. Wainui had also become a fixture of the Maori All Blacks, while he had switched from Taranaki to Bay of Plenty for this year's Bunnings NPC tournament.

Wainui hit a tree while driving in Omanawa, near Tauranga, on New Zealand's north island.

Bay of Plenty Police released a statement saying one person had died in a single-vehicle accident, with NZ Rugby later confirming that person was Wainui.

Wainui is survived by wife Paige, and their children Kawariki and Arahia.

By Reginald Chandar


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