Sevu Reece explains picking All Blacks over Fiji: 'Always a dream of mine'

Sevu Reece has explained his decision to choose New Zealand over Fiji, having made his Rugby World Cup debut in Saturday's 23-13 victory over South Africa in Yokohama.

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The winger turned down the nation of his birth to chase the black jersey. Source: 1 NEWS

Reece, 22, added playing in a World Cup to his list of 2019 achievements on Saturday night, having also made his Test debut, and won Super Rugby with the Crusaders earlier this year.

The winger's form has been irresistible for Steve Hansen, with Reece dislodging the likes of Ben Smith, Rieko Ioane and Jordie Barrett in the All Blacks' number 14 jersey.

Born in Nadi, Reece was eligible to represent Fiji, however turned down an invitation from coach John McKee in favour of chasing the chance to play for the All Blacks.

"To be fair, it was a dream of mine to always play for the All Blacks," Reece told media.

"I had conversations with the coach of the Flying Fijians (McKee), and showed him my plan, what I wanted to do, what my future looked like, and that was in the black jersey.

"I appreciated him trying to talk to me, but this was always a dream of mine, to play for the All Blacks."