Former All Blacks wing Zac Guildford’s career has taken a new twist after he was named in Waikato’s Sevens team for this weekend’s Northern Regional tournament in Cambridge.
The 27-year-old, who represented New Zealand in 10 Tests between 2009 and 2012, was included in an 18-man squad for the tournament which features teams from Waikato, Northland, Auckland, North Harbour, Counties Manukau and Bay of Plenty.
“I was approached to play sevens for Waikato about a month or two ago”, he told NZN/Newshub.
“I thought this was a good opportunity for me to stay active and get ready for the 15s season.”
Guildford, who has battled alcohol issues throughout his career, was part of New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup winning squad. He started his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes in 2008, playing 18 matches before moving to the Crusaders ahead of the 2010 season.
He earned 61 caps for the Crusaders, and has also represented New Zealand Maori and New Zealand Sevens, winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2010 in Delhi. He most recently played for French Top 14 club Clermont Auvergne.
In 2014, he moved to Clermont Auvergne but left the Top 14 club in 2015 then joined the Waratahs for the 2016 Super Rugby season. Guildford played seven matches for the Sydney-based franchise but left them mid-season before joining Tasman for the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup but left them in August this year and then played for Wairarapa Bush in New Zealand’s Heartland Championship.