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McKee hopes Reece contract will work in Fiji’s favor

May 7, 2019 5:00 pm

Flying Fijians Head Coach John McKee hopes Sevuloni Reece will turn out for Fiji at this year’s world cup in Japan.

Reece’s contract with Crusaders is an obstacle at the moment but it’s something the Fiji Rugby Union plans to discuss with their New Zealand counterparts.

Currently, New Zealand Super Rugby teams have up to three spots available for players not eligible to play for the All Blacks, with one of those specifically designated for Pacific Island players.

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Reece is eligible to play for both New Zealand and Fiji and Flying Fijians Coach John McKee says something can be worked out as it has happened before with Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Patrick Osborne.

McKee says the next step now is to get the FRU CEO involved with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

“We’re simply looking at ways that perhaps getting that widened and allowing him to be available for us. It’s sort of a bit out of my level to be communicating this with the New Zealand Rugby Union. I’ve been encouraging our CEO to talk with NZ Rugby CEO to see what we can do.”

Meanwhile, the Flying Fijians will have 10 weeks to prepare before the world cup.

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