Union willing to help Guildford
Published 14/11/2011 | 08:32
New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) general manager Neil Sorensen insists the organisation will stand by Zac Guildford despite the All Blacks winger's latest reported indiscretion.
Guildford allegedly ran naked into a Cook Islands bar on Friday and assaulted two patrons. The 22-year-old has previously admitted to having a problem with alcohol and promised to reform his behaviour after going on a drinking binge following New Zealand's Tri Nations defeat to Australia in Brisbane in August.
Sorensen told the Dominion Post: "The first thing we'll do is find out the facts. The second thing we will do is help the guy if he is in trouble."
He added: "He lost his dad a couple of years ago. He's also had some alcohol-related issues in the past. He's a good young man."
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said: "One thing that I do think he needs is to have rugby back in his life. He needs the support of all his family and his friends, and he needs to be in a good supportive environment.
"There's no point in taking him through the judiciary process right here and now when he needs more than that. This is more of an issue than a one-night drinking binge."