Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has cut short his Super Rugby season after leaving the Waratahs.
Guildford has taken the opportunity to move back to New Zealand with limited time left in his short term contract with the Waratahs after the 2014 champions re-signed Wallabies flyer Taqele Naiyaravoro as they attempt to clinch a finals berth over the remaining three regular season rounds.
Despite an injury setback with a broken toe, Guildford played seven matches for the Waratahs this year, crossing for one try against his former side, the Crusaders in Round 13.
The 27-year-old had already earned 11 All Black Test caps and 79 Super Rugby caps for the Hurricanes and Crusaders previously.
He signed with the Waratahs on a short term contract last September as a stepping stone to future ambitions, saying last month it was a chance for him to work towards higher standards.
And, with Naiyaravoro eligible to play, Guildford has called time with the club to return to his home town.
The move sees Naiyaravoro poised to reignite his Super Rugby career with the Waratahs for their last three matches of the regular season in 2016.
The 24-year-old giant-sized back was a key member of the Waratahs, earning 20 caps across 2014 and 2015.