Tasman sign wing Guildford

Date published: May 25 2016

The Tasman Rugby Union has addressed a potential wing crisis by signing Zac Guildford for this year's national provincial championship.

The former All Black finisher is currently playing for the Waratahs in Australia and will join Tasman at the end of the Super Rugby competition.

Injury concerns surrounding Tasman wings Viliami Lolohea and James Lowe mean that Tasman have been on the look-out for a quality back and according to Tasman Makos head coach, Leon MacDonald, 27-year-old Guildford suits their needs perfectly. 

Lolohea dislocated an ankle playing for Japan's Sunwolves earlier this season while Chiefs winger Lowe continues to be troubled by some niggling shoulder complaints.

While Tasman haven't abandoned all hope of Lolohea getting some game time this year, MacDonald said it was "unlikely".

"Once Vili dislocated his ankle we were obviously on the look-out for an experienced winger to take his place," he told the Makos website.

"We really needed someone who'd been there and done that and Zac's availability just about coincided with these injuries perfectly, so the timing was great and we're pretty lucky really."