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Guildford, Dagg commit to the Crusade

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Sportal.co.nz     03 Jul 2013     Getty Images

Guildford, who was off contract at the end of this year, signed a one-year extension with the Canterbury franchise while Dagg ended speculation he would leave the franchise at the end of the season.

Reports suggested Dagg would activate an exit clause in his contract to join the Chiefs, however, a statement released by the Crusaders on Tuesday night confirmed the 25-year-old would be staying put.

Meanwhile, Guildford also re-signed with Hawke's Bay and will aim to earn a spot in Steve Hansen's All Blacks squad for the end-of-year tour during this year's ITM Cup.

He appeared for the All Blacks against Ireland in June last year but was not picked for the Rugby Championship, European tour or this year's series against France.

"The Crusaders are like a family and they have been really supportive of me during my career," Guildford said.

"It is important to help repay that loyalty and I hope that I can do that on the paddock for them."

It has been a troubling year for Guildford, who had his NZRU contract suspended following a list of alcohol-related incidents in February.

He has reportedly abstained from alcohol since successfully completing a stint in rehab and is set to play his 58th game for the Crusaders against the Chiefs on Friday.

"Zac is an important asset to the Crusaders," said coach Todd Blackadder.

"He has terrific speed, an impressive work rate and a knack for finding the gap. Despite his off-field issues he is a key part of the Crusaders family and we are delighted that he is staying with us."