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RugbyU: Ex-All Black Guildford signs for Clermont

Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third with Top 14 leaders Clermont, the French club confirmed on Thursday. Guildford, who is in his prime at 24 but has struggled with alcohol problems, will move to France after this year's Super 15 season. "This is a tremendous opportunity for us to enrich our team with a player of such talent and versatility,"Clermont backs coach Franck Azema said.

RugbyU: Ex-All Black Guildford reportedly off to France

Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has signed a three-year deal with French club Clermont, reports said Thursday. Guildford, who is in his prime at 24 but has struggled with alcohol problems, will move to France after this year's Super 15 season, Fairfax Media reported. New Zealand has a policy of not selecting foreign-based players for the All Blacks, meaning the switch could effectively end Guildford's international career. He played the last of his 10 Tests for New Zealand in mid-2012.

RugbyU: Ex-All Black Guildford reportedly off to France

Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has signed a three-year deal with French club Clermont, reports said Thursday. Guildford, who is in his prime at 24 but has struggled with alcohol problems, will move to France after this year's Super 15 season, Fairfax Media reported. New Zealand has a policy of not selecting foreign-based players for the All Blacks, meaning the switch could effectively end Guildford's international career. He played the last of his 10 Tests for New Zealand in mid-2012.

RugbyU: Guildford admits alcoholism after All Black reprieve

Troubled All Blacks winger Zac Guildford admitted he was an alcoholic Thursday after the New Zealand Rugby Union handed him a career lifeline following a string of off-field incidents. Guildford, who withdrew from rugby in January after reportedly becoming involved in a brawl at a party, was cleared to return to the New Zealand national team and his Super 15 club the Canterbury Crusaders.

RugbyU: Troubled Guildford to return to All Blacks, Super 15

Wayward All Blacks winger Zac Guildford was cleared Thursday to return to the New Zealand national team and Super 15 rugby following a series of alcohol-related incidents, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said. NZRU professional rugby manager Neil Sorensen said strict conditions had been imposed on the 24-year-old, who withdrew from rugby in January after reportedly becoming involved in a brawl at a party. "This decision was not reached lightly or hastily, and follows a very thorough misconduct process and consultation with medical experts," Sorensen said in a statement.

RugbyU: Wayward All Black Guildford to resume club matches

Wayward former All Blacks wing Zac Guildford has been cleared to return to club rugby in New Zealand ahead of a misconduct hearing, the New Zealand Rugby Union said Saturday. There was no indication whether the Canterbury Crusaders' star finisher will be able to return to Super 15 rugby. Guildford, who has a history of alcohol-related problems, withdrew from the Crusaders indefinitely in January after he reportedly became involved in a brawl at a party. He has since undergone an intensive treatment programme at a private clinic and committed to a continuing care plan.
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