Guildford set to walk away from Waratahs deal

Former All Blacks and Crusaders winger Zac Guildford has decided that he would rather stay
in New Zealand and potentially play Super Rugby for a New Zealand rather than move to Sydney.

Twenty-six-year-old Guildford looked set to join his former Crusaders coach
Daryl Gibson who is now Waratahs coach in Sydney but he is now likely to walk
away from the deal.

I’ve had a rethink and I’ve decided it might be better to stay
closer to home and family and friends,” Guildford told Hawke’s Bay

“There could be a bit of interest from New Zealand Super teams too.”

The New Zealand winger played 11 Tests for the All Blacks between 2009 and
2012 and was part of the 2011 squad that won the Rugby World Cup

His career has however been marred by alcohol-related incidents and in 2013
he admited that he was an alcoholic.

Guildford moved to France and played for French Top 14 club Clermont but was
released from his contract for”personal reasons” in May.

Last month he told RadioSport that he was about to sign with the Waratahs,
who have lost wingers Taqele Naiyaravoro and Peter Betham.

“I had a little bit of interest from New Zealand Super teams but I got
on really well with Daryl Gibson at the Crusaders,” Guildford said.

“I felt like I was appreciated and I played some of my best rugby under
him. If I can get excited about playing for someone in a team that I’m
excited about, that’s when I play my best footy…

“I’ve got the contract there and it’s just about inking it
and going from there, finding a place to live and things like that.”

However it now seems that he is hoping to impress one of the Super Rugby sides
enough to sign him while he players New Zealand NPC Rugby with Hawke’s

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