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Reece staying in NZ, transfers to Southland

Sevu Reece Southland Stags rugby
Sevu Reece is staying with New Zealand rugby for another couple of seasons. PHOTO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

All Blacks wing Sevu Reece has extended his contract with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the Crusaders to the end of 2026.

He has also become the Southland Stags' latest All Black, joining prop Ethan de Groot, having transferred his NPC side from Tasman to Southland, although it is unlikely he will ever put on a maroon jersey.



"I'm very pleased to stick with the Crusaders until 2026," said Reece

"This club is special to me, and so much more than just a rugby team - it's a family. I can't wait to pull the jersey on again next season and prove to everyone what we can do."

The 27-year-old debuted for both the Crusaders and the All Blacks in 2019, and in this Super Rugby season, surpassed Caleb Ralph to become the Crusaders' all-time top try scorer.

"I'm excited to represent Southland and spend more time down there. My partner Kiri and her family are from the area, and making the provincial shift south definitely means more chances to spend time with them," he said.

"I'm also really looking forward to spending time with the passionate fans that I know we have across the Southland region."

Crusaders head coach Rob Penney said the franchise was lucky to have a talent like Reece locked in for another three seasons.

"Sevu is a world-class athlete who can create magic from anywhere on the paddock," said Penney.

"He's earnt his spot as our all-time top try scorer and we can't wait to see what he achieves in 2025."

Reece is likely to be named in the All Blacks squad to face England on Monday.


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