Guildford's future remains unclear
November 23, 2011
Zac Guildford's future is up in the air © Getty Images
Zac Guildford's New Zealand Rugby Union [NZRU] contract is likely to remain in doubt for at least another week, with misconduct proceedings set to drag on.
Guildford, accused of going on a drunken rampage through Rarotonga a fortnight ago, has met with NZRU general manager for professional rugby Neil Sorensen to state his case. However, Sorensen told the media the fate of the embattled All Blacks winger will not be determined in hasty fashion.
"We have to determine whether misconduct has been upheld. We are looking to get together half way through next week to get some resolution for everybody," Sorensen said. "The key decisions that need to be made are around sanctions and support. We want to clear this up as soon as possible.
"It's important to give some certainty for him and everyone else, including other players, about how we stand on this issue in how we are dealing with Zac. We adjourned at the end of the day to seek some more information, which I'm asking for. I can't reveal that because it's been made private as part of the disciplinary hearing."
Guildford, 22, issued an apology for his behaviour via the NZRU upon returning to his homeland, with the governing body announcing they were prepared to support the player. Sorensen, though, said the NZRU had not been involved in organising alcohol counselling.
"I didn't really ask him what he'd been up to since [he got back]. I was more interested in what happened exactly over there; that's the process we need to go through first. He's well aware of where he's at, where his career lies, and aware of the consequences, which is a start," said Sorensen.
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