Rugby players from Manawatū and Taranaki have joined forces to perform a tribute haka for former Bulls player Sean Wainui prior to Saturday’s NPC match.
The pre-match tribute saw rival captains Teihorangi Walden and Jason Emery place a Taranaki No.13 jersey, which Wainui wore while making 53 appearances for the province, on the halfway line.
Former All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder then led 20 players and support staff from both sides, and former Bull Jesse Parete, in performing Tika Tonu on what would have been Wainui’s 26th birthday.
The haka was Wainui’s favourite.
Taranaki went on to win the match, 47-35.