Waikato winger Sevu Reece has signed a contract with Irish club Connacht.
Reece, 21, has been in Chiefs development squads in recent years but has never quite cracked Super Rugby since making his mark in his debut season with the Mooloos in 2016.
Originally from Fiji, Reece moved to New Zealand in 2014 and attended Hamilton Boys’ High School before getting called up to Waikato’s Mitre 10 Cup squad.
He was the youngest member of the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians side who gave the British and Irish Lions a fright in last year’s tour opener in Whangarei, which the tourists won 13-7.
Reece, who can play across the backline, will head to Ireland following the conclusion of Waikato’s season to join Connacht, who were coached by former Chiefs assistant Kieran Keane until he was replaced as head coach by Andy Friend earlier this month after a disappointing season.
Former Chiefs centre turned Ireland international Bundee Aki has been with Connacht since 2014, as has ex-Blues hooker Tom McCartney.