Waratahs give 'disappointed' Guildford a break


Former All Black wing Zac Guildford has been given time off by the Waratahs, as he attempts to overcome the double disappointment of a drop in form and a broken little toe.

Guildford, who has battled much-publicised issues with alcohol, made an encouraging start to his career with the Waratahs after signing a deal for the 2016 Super Rugby season, but struggled in a 21-17 defeat to Melbourne Rebels last time out.

The 27-year-old was set to be dropped for this weekend's clash with the Brumbies, before picking up an injury that prompted coach Daryl Gibson to give Guildford the rest of the week off.

"He's got a fractured little toe and it hasn't healed, so he's pretty down about that," said Gibson.

"He's in a space at the moment where he's let that injury and his exclusion get on top of him so I've given him some time off. He'll be back on Monday.

"He was very disappointed with his game like a number of guys out of the Rebels performance so he would've missed selection this week, I was very clear to him on that.

"I was disappointed with a number of players out of that game and so he's going to have to earn his way back just like everyone else."

Gibson made it clear the Waratahs have a support network in place for Guildford, adding: "The care around him is pretty extensive.

"We've done a number of things and he's actively working on that and again these are the setbacks and so forth you have to cope with as a rugby player."