25-year-old national team player Sean Winoy has passed away. This was confirmed by the New Zealand rugby union in one press release on their website on Monday.
Secretary of State Mark Robinson wrote: “Our thoughts are with Sean and his family, especially his wife Paige, and their children Kawariki and Arahia.”
Local media reported that Wenway was involved in a car accident at McLaren Falls Park, near Tauranga, in northern New Zealand.
Police in the Bay of Plenty & Taupo reported that a person died after a car crashed into a tree at 07:50 local time, writes CNN. It is said that Wainui was the only person in the car.
We are heartbroken now. Sean, you have been an inspiration and will never be forgotten. We give all our strength and show it to your friends Wannau. 🖤
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– All Blacks (AllBlacks) October 18 2021
He leaves behind a wife and two children.
“My heart burns. I’m here baby. Forever and always,” Winnie Paige’s wife wrote on her Instagram account late last night, according to New Zealand Herald.
Two of his fellow Chiefs, Brad Webber and Anton Lennert Brown, paid tribute to Wainui on social media.
“I can’t describe in words how painful it is. I’ve always said Shawn deserves everything he gets because he’s working hard for it. But he doesn’t deserve it. It would hurt not to see you in training on the first day of next season,” Webber wrote on Twitter.
Follow Lynnert Brown:
“A warrior on the field and one of the greats off the field. It hurts my heart. We will miss you, but you will never forget,” he wrote Instagram.
National team coach Clayton McMillan also praised Boinoy.
“He will be remembered for being a passionate, hardworking and proud Maori who was an exceptional player, but most importantly an exceptional father and husband,” McMillan said.
Wainui has won 10 caps for New Zealand and 44 caps for the club’s chiefs team.
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