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Waikato winger Sevu Reece is set to lose his contract with Pro14 Irish Club Connacht, reports the Irish Examiner.

The 21-year-old Fijian admitted his guilt during a court case where he was on trial for domestic abuse. As a result, Connacht is believed to have decided to withdraw the contract for Reece who was announced as a new signing in May.

The former age grade rep had originally signed a two-deal to commence following this year’s Mitre 10 Cup. Connacht and the IRFU have been following the developments after Reece was questioned about the incident in July. Yesterday the two organisations released a statement advising they are investigating the incident.

“Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are aware of media reports concerning Sevu Reece and his recent court appearance,” said Connacht Rugby in an official statement.

“We are currently seeking to clarify information around the situation prior to commenting further on the matter.”

Reece was granted a discharge without conviction over the domestic violence incident but according to the Irish Examiner, the scrutiny that has enveloped Irish Rugby over the last year following Ulster’s rape case played a part in the decision to terminate the contract.

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