TALENTED AND ELECTRIC outside back Sean Wainui – a member of the Ngāi Tuhoe and Ngāti Porou Taranaki iwi – joined the Māori 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 just weeks before.
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. Having missed 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 a dynamic performance against Japan in the Oceania Cup.
A core member of the Taranaki provincial side for the Mitre 10 Cup, Wainui missed much of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery on his shoulder, though he was back for the Chiefs 2019 Investec Super Rugby campaign.
The former Takapuna Grammar first XV captain has once again impressed the Māori All Blacks coaching team during his 12 appearances this year with the Chiefs, crossing the chalk twice.
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