Zac Guildford smuggled onto plane


All Black Zac Guildford flew into Auckland this morning after being smuggled aboard a Pacific Blue flight late last night, and faced a small gathering of media waiting at the airport.

The rugby player was naked, drunk and dripping wet when he allegedly assaulted someone in a bar in Rarotonga on Friday night.

Yesterday triathlete Kelly Pick laid a formal complaint with the Cook Islands police over derogatory remarks Guildford allegedly made towards her, and the police announced they would not lay charges against him.

This morning Ms Pick said she had not yet heard back from the police about her complaint.

Responding to media reports that police commissioner Akatauira Matapo was surprised as to how long it took Ms Pick to file a complaint, and that it was a waste of police time, she said "if that is true that's a really disappointing attitude", but it was not for her to comment on police procedures.

She also reiterated that she believed Guildford "needs to be held accountable for that (his actions) in some way".

Guildford flew to Auckland after being quietly transported in a cargo van to his flight from Rarotonga.

At Auckland Airport this morning Guildford accepted he had a problem, and said he planned to quit drinking.

"For me, I just want to get home and sort myself out. That's the main thing for me," he said. "I accept that myself and alcohol at the moment don't mix too well. Obviously it switches something inside me and that's disappointing.

"At the moment I'm giving it up, and just looking to better myself and sort out issues that obviously go on when I do drink."

He told the group he wanted to again say sorry to the public and his fans, and felt he had embarrassed his family by his actions.

Guildford would put steps in place to move past his drinking problem, and wanted to continue training to prove himself over the next rugby season.

"[I want to] put myself in a better position to be a good person ... at the moment I'm just concentrating on myself and the Crusaders."

He said he still couldn't remember most of the events of Friday night.

"It's a bit of a blur to be honest. I can remember most of the day but at the night I was obviously heavily intoxicated and my actions weren't that of a professional sportsman."

He said he tried to speak with Ms Pick over the alleged remarks and she declined, but the meeting with the two other men he assaulted at Trader Jacks went well.

Hawke's Bay sport identity Colin Stone said Guilford needed "good people" around him to offer support and "keep him in line".

"We all want to see him get better and succeed but now he's really got to stand up and own this problem for himself in order to move forward.

"He is a young lad and things have happened quickly for him," he said.

Israel Dagg's mother, Horiana Nukutarawhiti, yesterday said earlier reports of her son also being on the island were incorrect.

Corey Charlton, APNZ

- Hawkes Bay Today

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