THE immediate playing future of Crusader rugby player Zac Guildford is in doubt after another alcohol-related incident.
He admitted to team management that he had been involved in a serious incident at a house party earlier in the month.
The 23-year-old former All Black was on a final warning after several misconduct charges by his employer, the New Zealand Rugby Union.
The winger told his coach Todd Blackadder last week, and removed himself from the team while the situation was being considered by the NZRU and the Crusaders.
NZRU chief executive Steve Tew told Fairfax NZ: “We and the Crusaders were very disappointed to learn of this incident. As a result, the NZRU has initiated misconduct proceedings against Zac.”
“We will be meeting with Zac and his representative in the following week to discuss the matter, and next steps. As his employer, we want to ensure that the process respects Zac’s right to a fair hearing, so we do not wish to comment further at this stage,” Tew said.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder would not elaborate on what happened, but said it was serious enough for Guildford to own up.
He said the neither the police or any other Crusaders were involved.
“I’m very disappointed… whatever the outcome is… that Zac gets himself sorted once and for all.”
“There obviously is a problem.”
In 2011 Guildford was suspended for four weeks after an incident in Rarotonga, after which Blackadder said: “There’s no second-chance saloon here, that’s really clear. There’s no more misconducts. If there’s anything remotely close, he’s gone.”
Blackadder stood by those comments.
“He really has let himself down… You can only be given so many chances and when you’re coaching a team like the Crusaders and you have a young guy like him you have to put the team first.”
He said there had been about five incidents in the past 18 months.
“In all fairness we shouldn’t be going through this again… With things like this we are back to square one.”
“There will be consequences, but that will be taken care of through this process.”
“We really feel for him, but on the other hand he has to take responsibility accountability for his actions.”
Guildford’s agent refused to comment.