Waiting game for Zac Guildford

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No news could be good news for embattled rugby player Zac Guildford, says a close friend and housemate.

The New Zealand Rugby Union has yet to meet Guildford to discuss allegations he assaulted a partygoer at a private address in Christchurch after a drinking and gambling session a fortnight ago.

Stu Bailey, who took Guildford into his home after he ran naked and bleeding into a Rarotongan bar in November 2011 before assaulting two patrons, said the 23-year-old's supporters were surprised but pleased the meeting had yet to occur.

"Everybody is more on the level now, which is a good thing. You're best not to deal with things at the height of emotion. Zac's good, he's got good support around him."

Mr Bailey said the 10-cap All Black, who stood down from the Crusaders voluntarily after the latest allegations emerged last Sunday, had apologised to his victim who did not want to press charges.

He said Guildford was unsure when the NZRU meeting to discuss his contract would take place. Several overseas clubs are said to be interested in the winger should he stop playing in New Zealand as it was thought his best rugby was ahead of him.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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