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January 20, 2013

Zac Guildford facing fresh misconduct charge

on 01/20/2013

Crusaders winger Zac Guildford has voluntarily withdrawn from his side's preparations for the new Super Rugby season after a late-night incident at a residential home in Christchurch last weekend.

The 23-year-old All Blacks international, who has hit the headlines for a string of off-field issues in the past 18 months including a drinking binge in the wake of New Zealand's Rugby World Cup triumph in 2011, has admitted being involved in the incident and has chosen to remove himself from the team environment while the matter is considered by the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and the Crusaders.

NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew said: "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."