Sean Wainui – a member of the Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Porou Taranaki iwi – joins the Maori All Blacks for the first time in 2015, fresh out of the New Zealand Under 20 team which won the World Championship title in Italy in June.
He had to work harder than most to earn his black jersey, after spending 11 weeks over the summer in a cast after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot. After missing the Under 20 training camps and trials, he was a late call-up to the squad, but hit the ground running with two tries from the wing in an electric performance against Japan in the Oceania Cup. He followed that with a crucial try against Argentina in the second World Championship pool match.
The former Takapuna Grammar first XV captain impressed Maori All Blacks coach Colin Cooper with his performances for New Plymouth Old Boys in his first season out of school in 2014, earning selection for Taranaki’s ITM Cup Premiership winning side as well as the Chiefs development team.
Instagram handle: @seanwainui
Rugby ground: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Non-rugby sports team: Warriors
Sports star: Benji Marshall
Music: Opotiki Mai Tawhiti 2015 Waiata tira
Other sports: Cricket , table tennis, kaiorahi
My best rugby memory was... Playing for North Harbour Maoris with my brothers Luke, Anaru and Jamaica
The biggest influence on my rugby was... My old man. He was always honest about how I played and drove me everywhere.
If I could meet one person, it would be... Bob Marley, so I can bring him back from heaven and have a jam session
I hate it when... I slap my back trying to pop bombs in the pool
I can't live without... sweet reggae music
Outside of rugby... I'm a building apprentice and if I wasn't a rugby player I would be... an entrepreneur