Alcoholic All Black to get help

2011-11-16 09:02

Melbourne - The New Zealand Rugby Union will give disgraced All Blacks wing Zac Guildford external support to help him overcome a problem with alcohol after a drunken rampage in the Cook Islands last week.

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Guildford arrived back in New Zealand early on Wednesday after Cook Islands police allowed him to leave the country following his rampage when he stormed into a Rarotonga bar naked, bleeding and punched two customers late last week.

Local media also reported that Guildford had verbally harassed a Cooks Islands national representative triathlete while under the influence of alcohol when he was in the islands.

"From an employer's perspective, the events in Rarotonga have been incredibly disappointing and Zac needs to be accountable for his actions," NZRU general manager of professional rugby Neil Sorensen said in a statement.

"This will involve Zac going through our misconduct process over the coming weeks.

"However, it is fairly clear that there are some very big issues involved here, and rugby cannot provide all the solutions on our own.

"We are working with a professional counselling organisation which will provide guidance and input as to the next steps for the coming days, weeks and months."

The 22-year-old Guildford, a member of New Zealand's World Cup winning squad, has previously come under fire for drink-related incidents while in camp with the All Blacks and he said he had a problem with alcohol.

"The last few months I have had a bit of a problem with drinking and I need to address that, and all I can do now is move forward and put some positive steps in place with a good support group I have," Guildford told reporters at Auckland airport.

"My actions were not that of a professional sportsman, which I'm disappointed with. I just want to get home and sort myself out."


  • Chris - 2011-11-16 09:09

    Nobody give that man a Bell's.

  • christian.erasmus - 2011-11-16 09:36

    send him to noupoort

  • Te - 2011-11-16 10:18

    Does a binge session automatically make you an alcoholic now?

      christian.erasmus - 2011-11-16 10:32

      Not necessarily, but if you can't behave in the public after having a binge...then you have a problem

      tristan.kilian - 2011-11-16 10:36

      he does have an alcohol problem

      emmett.gracie - 2013-01-21 12:36

      No, but many, many binge sessions, followed by several incidents of antisocial/incoherent behaviour in public + having a press conference announcing you're seeking professional help for alcoholism and unresolved personal issues does

  • tristan.kilian - 2011-11-16 10:25

    The issue is that all his teammates probably drink and there is generally an unwillingness to help someone who has an alcohol problem when they are just as bad. Try tell a bunch of social drinkers you want to stop drinking and they will boo you and try pour you another drink. They all want to party and don't want to be dragged down with a "party pooper". They will just dismiss it as "he can't hold his liquor". Society is to blame here.

      emmett.gracie - 2013-01-21 12:41

      Dude has genuine and deep-seated psychological issues - he's a troubled young guy. Most of the other players and mgmt want to help, but its beyond their experience or expertise. Plenty of Crusaders don't drink, and they have an unusually mature and supportive system (I've had friends play for them). He's just one of those people who has a difficult path to tread and is unfortunate enough to have to do it with a very high public profile. How would 90% of us look if we had a camera following us around when we were 19-24, I know I wouldn't come out of that looking great...

  • Tony - 2011-11-16 10:35

    Sal my geensins verbaas as hy binnekort vir die Flou Koeie gaan speel nie. Almal met "probleme" gaan speel mos vir hulle. As hulle nie cocaine snuif nie gebruik hulle verbode middels of slaan speedcops dood of kap mense met byle dood...Soort soek mos nou maar eenmaal soort...

      Brannas - 2011-11-16 13:18

      Hey jou vetgat Krokkedil(Tony), gaan verkeer intiem met een van jou "inmates"en los die rugby vir die mense wat weet. Ek sal eerder stil bly as ek n' span soos WeerProbeer support.

      Tony - 2011-11-16 13:58

      Ten minste is ek nie 'n lafaard soos jy wat te bang is vir 'n regte foto as profile pic nie. Miskien is jy 'n cross-dresser for all I care. En ja, die feit dat jy deur Steve Stofsuier geïnspireer word vertel my al klaar 'n verhaal rondom jou. Lafaard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jy was seker gereeld geboelie op skool...

      Brannas - 2011-11-16 15:19

      Hi ou snorre(Tony), ronde mannetjies soos jy klap ek sommer jou snot gou gou om jou kop. Kan jy darem nog jou tottie sien as jy pee. Backward Troglodyte (likewaan)

      Robert - 2011-11-16 16:59

      Hi Tony, baie geluk met Tafelberg se aanwysing as een van die 7 wonders!!! Die 8ste wonder sal die Curriebeker gewees het, maar vir hom kan jy ongelukkig nie stem nie, Jy moet speel vir hom !!!! Lekker slaap ou grote !!!

      Tony - 2011-11-16 18:00

      @Brannas Wys jou gevreet jou crossdresser.

  • Brannas - 2011-11-16 13:04

    I’ve spend all my money on alcohol and woman, the rest I just wasted

      Brannas - 2011-11-16 13:08

      Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.

      emmett.gracie - 2013-01-21 12:43

      Nothing like quoting the great George Best. Now there was an alcoholic =)

  • Dmitri - 2011-11-16 13:22

    Quite a few self righteous "people" here.

  • Darron - 2011-11-16 14:18

    ag please man, the ou is 22, obviously he's got a drinking problem. get your heads out your asses NZRU, but leave bryces head in there.

      emmett.gracie - 2013-01-21 12:44

      The NZRU has offered him every bit of support that is out there, despite all the local twats saying "if he can't behave himself, kick him out" or "in my day we could hit the booze without running naked around Rarotonga attacking people" etc etc

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