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Kiwi rugby star Sean Wainui dies in car crash

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Kiwi rugby star Sean Wainui dies in car crash

AUCKLAND – Record-breaking Super Rugby try scorer Sean Wainui died in a car crash today, plunging New Zealand rugby into mourning.

The 25-year-old rising star died in a single-vehicle accident when his vehicle hit a tree, police said.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson said the death of the Waikato Chiefs centre was "a dark day for rugby".

"Sean's passing will be felt deeply by everyone involved in rugby, particularly his Bay of Plenty and Chiefs teammates, we share their sorrow and their shock," he said in a statement.

Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams paid tribute on social media.

"Although I didn't play alongside him, I could always feel his mana (stature) coming up against him as his opposition," he tweeted.

Wainui represented the Māori All Blacks and began his Super Ru

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