Reece was born in Wakefield and attends Silcoates School. He was selected to join the Rhinos Academy in 2013 having impressed with his amateur clubs Sandal RUFC and Oulton Invaders.
Whilst playing Rugby Union with Sandal he won the Yorkshire Cup in the 2012-13 season and has also been named player of the year in 2011-12. The most memorable game he has played in was for his School when they took on QUEGS and were narrowly defeated 30-27.
His Dad, Chris Chapman, is a former Rhinos Academy player who played in the same side as Kevin Sinfield and who made one first team appearance in 1999. In his spare time he goes clay pigeon shooting with his dad and deer stalking in Scotland. His favourite sportsperson is Kevin Sinfield and his ideal occupation away from rugby would be anything in sports.