Māori All Blacks and Chiefs midfielder Sean Wainui has tragically died in a car crash on Monday.
Police attended the accident near McLaren Falls Road, on the Kaimai Ranges, shortly before 8am, after a vehicle crashed into a tree.
The Serious Crash Unit was called to the scene and nearby McLaren Falls Park was closed during the investigation.
"Our thoughts are with those involved," the Tauranga City Council posted on Facebook. "We'll update you when we are able to reopen."
Utility back Wainui, 25, has played 10 games for the Māori All Blacks and 44 Super Rugby appearances for the Chiefs, scoring a franchise-record five tries against the Waratahs in June.
Our sincerest condolonces go out to the Wainui whānau at this time, rest in love Sean.