Zac Guildford looks to sharpen up in France

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 11:20 11/07/2014
Zac Guildford
Joseph Johnson/Fairfax NZ
OUT OF SHAPE: Former All Black Zac Guildford has admitted he's got some work to do in the gym after arriving in France carrying a few extra pounds.

Related Links

Piri Weepu to leave Blues for London Welsh Pull of 'home' keeps Beauden Barrett at Canes Hard graft pays off for Crusader Kieron Fonotia Singing the Blues: A tale of missed opportunities Chiefs in a final push for Super Rugby playoffs

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Highlanders strengthen pack, bench for semifinal challenge with Lions Dane Coles still hopeful of playing Super Rugby semifinal against Chiefs Waratahs show ARU what leadership looks like in Jarryd Hayne debacle Super Rugby semis: Top 5 things All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will be looking for Chiefs livewire Damian McKenzie readying for biggest game of career in Super Rugby semifinal against Hurricanes in Wellington Reason with Mark Reason on all things Super in rugby Hard to go past Hurricanes and Highlanders in Super Rugby semis Julian Savea still on bench for Hurricanes semifinal against Chiefs Super Rugby semifinals: A comprehensive stat by stat, team by team breakdown Super Rugby Team Talk: Blackadder to confirm future, Barrett's Hot Wheels secret

Former All Blacks bad boy Zac Guildford admits he's got a bit of weight to lose as launches the next phase of his troubled rugby career in France.

The former All Blacks wing has joined his new club Clermont and admits he's a bit out of shape after a frustrating Super Rugby season with the Crusaders where he sat on the sidelines.

"To be honest I've got a bit of work to do to lose a few pounds and get a bit sharper," the 25-year-old who played 10 tests for the All Blacks and was a World Cup winner in 2011, told French site Rugbyrama.

In a career littered with off-field issues, he fell out with the Crusaders this year, only playing for their development side and some club rugby before the New Zealand Rugby Union terminated his contract early.

Still young, Guildford is eager to start afresh in Europe and wants to make an impact.

"I know that people will expect a lot from me and I hope that with some game time I can show what I can do on the ground. The challenge excites me."

The lively French scene has thrown up an early surprise for Guildford who was amazed at the large crowd that turned up to watch Clermont's preseason training.

"Normally when we trained in New Zealand it was just the coaches and players, but to have a couple of hundred people there was great."

Guildford said the Clermont club had been a welcoming environment and he had started French lessons to overcome his communication difficulties.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content