Auckland: New Zealand Rugby (NZR) on Tuesday mourned the death of player Sean Wainui in a road mishap.
A rising star who played 10 times for the Māori All Blacks, Wainui had a brief spell with the Crusaders, before joining the Chiefs in 2018, reports CNN.
The 25-year-old made 44 appearances for the Chiefs and broke the record for number of tries in a Super Rugby game when he scored five against the Waratahs earlier this year.
He is survived by his wife Paige and two children.
New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson has extended all of rugby’s condolences to Wainui’s wife Paige, their children Kawariki and Arahia, and their wider whānau on what is a dark day for rugby.
“Our thoughts are with Sean and his whānau, particularly Paige, Kawariki and Arahia, and we offer them our full support at what is the most difficult of times. We know Sean’s passing will be felt deeply by everyone involved in rugby, particularly his Bay of Plenty and Chiefs teammates, and we share their sorrow and their shock," Mark Robinson said.
“We ask that media give the Wainui whānau space to grieve as we all reflect on a young life that has ended far too early,” he said.