A Fijian winger’s move to Connacht is in jeopardy after the player appeared in court relating to a violent incident with his wife.
Sevu Reece was arrested for assault after bouncers had to drag him off his partner following a booze-fuelled incident in Hamilton.
The Waikato player (21) pleaded guilty to the charge – however he was not convicted, despite the circumstances in the case being heard in court.
According to a report from Fairfax his partner was left with minor injuries but was said to have forgiven him.
The judge accepted that a conviction in the case wouldn’t have been proportionate to the incident, and suggested that should he take up the contract in Ireland, he would be in a better position to look after his young family.
Despite this, the IRFU may pull out of the contract with the Fijian. Tonight Connacht released a statement that read: “Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are aware of media reports concerning Sevu Reece and his recent court appearance.
“We are currently seeking to clarify information around the situation prior to commenting further on the matter.”
The Irish Times are reporting that the province and the IRFU are likely to renege on the contract.
Reece currently sits second in the Duane Monkley Medal award race, which celebrates the Mitre 10 Cup’s best player.
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