Rugby-NZ coroner treating Wainui death as 'suspected suicide'


FILE PHOTO: Britain Rugby Union - Harlequins v Maori All Blacks - Harlequins 150th Anniversary Match - Twickenham Stoop - 16/11/16 Maori All Blacks' Sean Wainui scores a try Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Boyers Livepic

(Reuters) - The death of Maori All Blacks back Sean Wainui in a car accident last week is being treated as a "suspected suicide", authorities in New Zealand said on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old, who played 10 games for the Maori All Blacks and made 44 Super Rugby appearances for the Chiefs after a spell with the Crusaders, died in a single-vehicle incident in Omanawa, near Tauranga, on Oct. 18.

Coroner Louella Dunn told the New Zealand Herald that Wainui's death "was being treated as a suspected suicide".

Wainui became the first player to score five tries in a Super Rugby match earlier this year against the Waratahs before joining provincial side Bay of Plenty.

The All Blacks performed a haka in his memory ahead of their test against the United States in Washington on Saturday.

(Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Rugby

Rugby-Munster, Cardiff announce positive COVID cases in S.Africa
Rugby-Rennie apologises for attack on referees after World Rugby warning
Rugby-Erasmus withdraws appeal, apologises for video critique of officials
Rugby-RFU revenues 120 million pounds below forecasts due to COVID-19
Rugby-Larkham to return to Brumbies from 2023
Rugby-Australia aims for rugby reboot on back of 2027 World Cup
Rugby-England set to host 2025 women's World Cup, Australia to get men's event in 2027
Rugby-World Rugby amends rule to allow players to switch national teams
Rugby: Ireland great Kearney to retire after Barbarians outing
Rugby-Don't panic! All Blacks coach Foster calls for calm after 'unique' season

Others Also Read


Vouchers