NZRU delay Guilford verdict

A decision on how Zac Guilford will be dealt with after a drunken episode in the Cook Islands will be forthcoming next week.

The All Blacks and Crusaders wing potentially faces a contract termination after he wandered naked, drunk and bleeding into a family restaurant in Rarotonga and allegedly assaulted two patrons.

NZRU general manager for professional rugby, Neil Sorensen, met Guildford in Hawke’s Bay on Tuesday to begin misconduct proceedings. He told the Dominion Post: ‘We have to determine whether misconduct has been upheld … We are looking to get together half way through next week to get some resolution for everybody,” Sorensen said. “The key decisions that need to be made are around sanctions and support, so it’s the two S’s … We want to clear this up as soon as possible,

‘It’s important to give some certainty for him and everyone else, including other players, about how we stand on this issue in how we are dealing with Zac. We adjourned at the end of the day to seek some more information, which I’m asking for. I can’t reveal that because it’s been made private as part of the disciplinary hearing.’

Sorensen reinforced their commitment to supporting Guildford, but could not say with certainty what form it would take.

‘That hasn’t changed, but it will depend on the further information we get. We will definitely support him, but the end result of the hearing will be whether we support him as an NZRU employee or not. You can’t pre-empt it. We think he needs tonnes of support, but it’s about how we do that.’