Zac Guildford looks on during a press conference at New Zealand Rugby House on March 14, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Zac Guildford looks on during a press conference at New Zealand Rugby House on March 14, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images

NZ rugby player Guilford granted second chance after rehab

MY name is Zac Guilford and I was an alcoholic.

The former All Blacks winger, presently suspended for the latest in a string of behavioural issues, was yesterday rewarded for his successful stint in rehab by having his contract reinstated - with conditions - after a brutally honest appearance in front of New Zealand Rugby Union officials.

"I think my understanding was limited around alcoholism and the issue I had, that's the first step is admitting I was powerless over alcohol," he said.

Guilford will return to Crusaders training and be available for selection next week.

After earning a reprieve, the 24-year-old said, "'I know I have apologised for my behaviour before and that people's patience has grown thin. I am hugely grateful that I have been given this opportunity."


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