The 25-year-old, who had achieved a Super Rugby record, died this Monday after suffering a car accident.
This Monday, the rugby world woke up with terrible news after it became known that the holder of the record for tries in a Super Rugby match, Sean Wainui, died in a car accident.
According to the information that developed during the first hours and later confirmed by the police, the death occurred after the New Zealand player's vehicle collided with a tree.
Following the tragic event, New Zealand Rugby Federation CEO Mark Robinson was one of the first to mourn the death of the Waikato Chiefs center, speaking of a "bleak day for rugby."
"Sean's death will profoundly affect everyone involved in rugby, particularly his teammates from the Bay of Plenty (his team in the New Zealand championship, which he arrived at last May) and the Chiefs, with whom we share his grief, "he said in a statement.
The Chiefs also spoke through their social networks after hearing the news: "Sean has been a trendy and influential figure in the Chiefs and a role model for our young players on and off the field since he arrived at the club in 2018. . Our club will not be the same without him, and we will miss him deeply. For all of us ".
"We bid you farewell with outstretched arms from the crowds that await you beyond this earthly realm. You leave us here stripped and drowned in pain as we cry for you. Rest well in peaceful rest," the letter stated.
At the same time, the All Blacks joined in the emotional tribute: "We are heartbroken right now. Sean, you were an inspiration, and you will never be forgotten. "
Former All Blacks player Sonny Bill Williams also expressed his sadness and respect to Wainui on his account. "Although I have not played alongside him, I could feel his size when I faced him as a rival," he tweeted.
Wainui, who represented the New Zealand Under-20 team and the Maori All Blacks, had started his Super Rugby career with the Canterbury Crusaders in 2016.
Joined the Chiefs in 2018: Last June, he scored five tries against Australia's NSW Waratahs franchise in a 40-7 win in Sydney, setting the record for the most tries entered by a player in a Super match. Rugby.