Rugby: Connacht rescind deal for Waikato winger Sevu Reece

Sevu Reece
Waikato winger Sevu Reece. Photo credit: Photosport

Irish rugby club Connacht has decided to cancel its contract with Waikato winger Sevu Reece, after a recent court case.

Reece signed with the Galway-based side back in May and was due to arrive in Ireland next month at the end of the Mitre 10 Cup season, but that move is now off.

Last week, the 21 year-old was fined, but discharged without conviction, after a domestic violence incident that left his girlfriend with injuries.

Connacht and the Irish Rugby Football Union had investigated Reece's court appearance and decided to pull the pin on his deal.

Rugby: Connacht rescind deal for Waikato winger Sevu Reece
Photo credit: Connacht Rugby

"Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have taken the decision, following contact with Sevu Reece in relation to the circumstances of a recent court appearance, not to proceed with a contract to play with the province.

"Connacht Rugby and the IRFU will make no further comment."

The Fijian has been in sublime form for Waikato this season, scoring six tries and sitting near the top of the Duane Monkley Medal standings for player of the season.

But Connacht tearing up his contract leaves Reece's future in doubt.

In an interview last month with Newshub, Reece said he still had a dream of playing Super Rugby with the Chiefs.

"I've signed for Connacht, but the dream was to play Super Rugby, especially coming from Fiji to New Zealand," he said.

"Going to Hamilton Boys' High School, and watching the Chiefs and being in the franchise was something I always wanted to go get into.

"Plus, when I was a kid in the islands, I used to watch the likes of [Asaeli] Tikoirotuma and all the other Fijian wingers, and I wished one day I'd get into that environment by playing good footy and hopefully coaches would give you the nod."