Hawke's Bay's Zac Guilford speaks out


Former All Black Zac Guildford's rugby career has been embroiled in controversy, but now he wants one last chance at redemption and has given up liquor to get it.

'This is last chance saloon for me'

The former All Blacks winger is seeking redemption, hoping Fight for Life will be the first step in putting his troubled past, and reputation behind him.

"I got described as a human torpedo when I was drinking," the 26-year-old told Seven Sharp.

The Hawke's Bay man's battle with the bottle led to the end of his All Blacks career, and saw him listed as "troubled".

"I've talked about it to mates. At times, we've changed the word 'troubled' to misunderstood."

However, he was offered one final lifeline to play professionally when the New South Wales Waratahs gave him a contract for next year's Super Rugby competition.

"This is last chance saloon for me. If I stuff it up, it's game over."

A tough point in Guildford's young life was when his father passed away six years ago after suffering a heart attack while watching his son play for New Zealand at the under-21 world champs in Japan.

However, just a few months later Guildford was selected for the All Blacks.

It's either one beer or 24 beers and I need to learn not to drink"

But, the winger dealt with the pressure of wearing the black jersey by going on benders, most famously in the Cook Islands were he was discovered naked, covered in blood, and drunk.

The drinking problems, Guildford said, began in high school.

"We'd just drink till blackouts, till we were absolutely smashed and wake up and think what happened there.

"And then 1st XV parties carried on like that: you get a keg and just drink until you drop, sorta thing.

"Other people my age go through the same struggles but they're not in the spotlight."

He entered rehab, and said no one was to blame but himself.

"It's either one beer or 24 beers and I need to learn not to drink.

"It's not going to be easy, it's bloody hard... I know how hard it's going to be, but I don't want to live the life I've been living for the past six years because it has been pretty average."

Hawke's Bay's Kruger Van Wyk captains Stags for Georgie Pie Super Smash.

super smash

The Devon Hotel Central Stags selectors have welcomed speedster Adam Milne back into the Stags squad for their third Georgie Pie Super Smash match, to be played against the Auckland Aces at New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium tomorrow night. The match will commence at 7.10pm.

As below:

Kruger Van Wyk [Hawke’s Bay] (Captain)

Will Young [Taranaki] (Vice-Captain)

Tom Bruce [Taranaki]

Josh Clarkson [Nelson]

Mitchell Claydon [Overseas Player]

Dane Cleaver [Manawatu]

Marty Kain [Nelson]

Andrew Mathieson [Hawke’s Bay]

Adam Milne (Manawatu)

Seth Rance [Wairarapa]

Indika Senarathne (Hawke’s Bay)

Blair Tickner [Hawke’s Bay]

George Worker [Manawatu]

The Stags are sitting on one win from two matches after defeating the Otago Volts at Yarrow Stadium last Saturday night and will be looking to continue their winning record at their newest home venue.

Ross Taylor and Doug Bracewell are unavailable due to their involvement in the BLACKCAPS tour of Australia, while Jesse Ryder, Bevan Small, Ben Smith and Ben Wheeler remain unavailable due to injury.

Hawke's Bay United play final pre-season hit out today in Napier


Returning Hawke's Bay United defender Fin Milne has been appointed captain of the side for the 2015/16 ASB Premiership. Photo: HBU

Hawkes Bay United have a final preseason game today at 2pm at Bluewater Stadium in Napier against Waibop United before their 2015/16 ASB Premiership campaign officially kicks off next week.

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