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Guildford back to the Crusaders

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allblacks.com     14 Mar 2013     Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen said that Guildford’s return to rugby comes with several conditions that both parties have agreed will remain confidential.

“This decision was not reached lightly or hastily, and follows a very thorough misconduct process and consultation with medical experts.

“We have had a full and frank discussion with Zac about the situation in which he finds himself, including his medical condition. Despite the serious misconduct, we found that there were sufficient mitigating circumstances to believe that Zac can continue to make a significant contribution to New Zealand Rugby provided that he observes the conditions and continues with his path to recovery.

“New Zealand Rugby and Zac have agreed that no further public statements will be made regarding the details of the misconduct hearing or the basis on which reinstatement has been granted,” Sorensen said.

“We will continue to work with the Zac and the Crusaders to help reintegrate Zac into life in rugby, and to ensure he has the best opportunity to continue giving to the game.”

Zac Guildford said:
“I have accepted that I have challenges that will be with me for life and that it is up to me to continually work at managing them.

“To help me do that I will continue to take on board the friendship, advice and tools offered by the experts I have been fortunate enough to work with, and the support of those close to me: my family, friends and the wider rugby community.
“These challenges are not something I want sympathy for, or mothering. I know I have to earn back the trust and respect of others and hope that my actions moving forward will achieve that.

“I know I have apologised for my behaviour before and that people’s patience has grown thin. For that reason, I am hugely grateful that I have been given this opportunity to show that I really am serious about getting my life heading in the right direction.

“I appreciate it may well have been easier for the NZRU and Crusaders to terminate my employment, rather than continue to support me in the way they are. I want to thank them publically, and reward their faith in me and my recovery over time.”