Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Union willing to help Guildford

Zac Guildford
Zac Guildford

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."

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