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All Black star in drunken spree

2011-11-13 11:43

Wellington - All Blacks wing Zac Guildford has been accused of staggering naked, drunk and bleeding into a bar where he allegedly assaulted two people.

The incident happened in the small South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands on Thursday night according to a report in the Herald on Sunday newspaper, quoting witnesses.

Guildford, who has a history of problems with alcohol and was publicly reprimanded by the All Blacks management during the recent Rugby World Cup, is in the Cook Islands to attend a friend's wedding.

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said news of his latest outburst was disappointing and its focus was on helping the player rather than disciplining him.

According to witnesses, he appeared at Trader Jacks Bar and Grill dripping wet, naked and with a gash on his forehead believed to have come from a motorcycle accident earlier in the day.

He then allegedly punched one man who asked if he needed help and then hit another man across the back of the head.

A staff member at the bar confirmed to AFP that reports of Guildford "walking into the bar naked, bleeding and assaulting at least one person", were true but she would not comment further.

Guildford's mother told the Dominion Post she was aware of the incident but was also not commenting.

The Herald on Sunday said patrons in the bar described Guildford's behaviour as appalling and a New Zealand woman, identified only as Fiona, said he was extremely drunk.

"His eyes were gone, he was completely out of it," she said, adding that after the All Black hit her 60-year-old friend, he jumped on to a stage where "he seemed to realise he was naked" and tried to cover himself.

Restaurant staff then rushed to wrap an apron round Guildford's waist as he bolted into the kitchen.

During the World Cup, the 22-year-old Guildford admitted he had an alcohol problem and said he was taking steps to bring it under control.

NZRU general manager Neil Sorensen told journalists Guildford had been called before the board three times in the past 18 months and they were now trying to establish what happened in the Cook Islands.

"Our first move is to really say 'how can we help this guy', that's the first thing. But we've got to establish the facts and it sounds like he got up to something. We are not denying that," Sorensen said.

Although Guildford was officially on leave, Sorensen said the NZRU still expected players to behave responsibly.

"We go out of our way to help, but at some stage people need to stand up for themselves and make some tough calls."

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Comments
  • Gordon - 2011-11-13 11:53

    This boy just dont learn,such a good rugby player,he's an embarrassment for the AB's

      Jerhone - 2011-11-13 19:09

      this is a case for dr. Phil, he might be the only all black feeling guilty about winning the world cup unfairly, now he's trying to drown he's guilt with alcohol there may be more

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-14 17:40

      Let's not be too fast to point fingers, when our very own was found breaking the law with an unlicensed gun and then later to be found dead after hitting it up in a township shebeen.

  • Anthony - 2011-11-13 12:07

    give that man a sheep...

      Vusi - 2011-11-13 12:25

      LOL LOL LOL Anthony!!!!!!That was so funny!

      Anthony - 2011-11-13 12:42

      thanx...

      Thomas - 2011-11-14 00:17

      Give him Bryce Lawrence in sheeps clothing!!!!!!!!

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-11-14 08:34

      hey Anto, hows the vacum pump business going (your facebook profile), has it grown much or are you still a little prick......keep pumping mate.

      Anthony - 2011-11-14 15:56

      Hey sam small man syndrome or do you prefer to shag that sheep yourself?

  • Shihaam Salie Bawa - 2011-11-13 13:36

    Crusaders coach said it best when he said that this is clearly a cry for help. The boy's father died in the stands watching him play Rugby in 2009 and he cleary has issues he needs to deal with. While his actions can never be condoned, we should also remember this and be supportive. Lets not forget this on the day that an amazing and talented cricket writer took his own life.

      Anton - 2011-11-13 14:34

      I think his issues go back from prior to 2009 Shihaam. In deed he needs help, but probably should do more with the generous help he is getting!

      Gordon - 2011-11-13 15:13

      Im big AB fan .but i think he must get professional help.otherwise he is going to waste his talents,he's can become one of the best wingers ot the modern rugby era.

  • Zion - 2011-11-13 17:12

    What is all the fuss about? Can a man not have a klippies-and -coke tocelebrate their victory, So okey, he was kaalgat but who cares. When our oukes are frustrated or pissed they bite ears and gouge eyes and kill cops. For all we know this ou was out to publicise his manliness and that is why he got onto the stage better for all to see! Viva penis.

      Zion - 2011-11-14 14:46

      What was forgotten to mention is some of our ex-blokes use axes to kill others soto some, it would be wiser to simply tune down your ego: losers

      Zion - 2011-11-14 16:53

      You are one blue pain in the gat now shurrup. Who lost the world cup and who won it big boy.

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-13 18:59

    Sounds like a nice guy. Got spirit.

  • SeeVeeDeeEl - 2011-11-13 20:01

    Look at this? A totally dysfunctional nation. This does not surprise me at all. They cheated themselves to a world cup and this is the type of player they have.

      tim.hickson1 - 2011-11-14 23:49

      Ha us a dysfunctional nation? mate look in your own backyard or maybe over that 10 ft wall topped with barbed wire

  • Barry - 2011-11-13 20:16

    You can't help this guy. He plays rugby for New Zealand :) Seems they all end up this way. :) Just joking.

  • Niki - 2011-11-13 20:43

    The stage of a crowded bar is a terrible place to discover that you'd somehow forgotten to put your clothes on...

  • pmlouw - 2011-11-13 20:50

    What a rock star!!

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-11-13 22:09

    These Australasians make the English look like amateurs at drinking...and that ain't easy.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-11-14 08:29

      Yeah, but at least we have cups to drink out of

      Sharkshoot - 2011-11-14 16:47

      It was a very dry dry thirst that you had to quench boet. You had to pass from the 20th into the 21st Century to see that trophy again....dayum that's long.

  • Igenatius - 2011-11-14 10:01

    Ever get those dreams where you at work and realise you're naked? I hate those dreams... Imagine what a nightmare it must be when you realise you're not actually dreaming!! The HORROR!!

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-14 15:55

    if he keeps on running with he's clothes off send him to see dr. kuchikokoff

  • Grace - 2011-11-15 10:35

    This youngster obviously has a problem with alcohol. The only person who can help him is himself. He must first admit he has a problem then make the decision to get to grips with it. A.A. is the only way to go. I wish him well if he at least tries to help himself.

  • Andrie - 2011-11-17 05:52

    Jerhone you stupid arrogant idiot, stop being a depressed sorry suzi about SA not winning, There where 8 teams in the quarter finals, not just SA, so all of them had a shot at the title! So in your eyes any team winning the title except SA did so unfairly.....

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