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Zac Guildford could face NZRU disciplinary action

Crusaders winger Zac Guildford has slammed the New Zealand Rugby Union

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Article Published: Saturday 8 June 2013|

All Blacks and Crusaders winger Zac Guildford has landed himself in hot water with the New Zealand Rugby Union again by launching an attack on them.

Crusaders winger Guildford is on holiday in the Pacific Islands but criticised the NZRU for allowing France to tour New Zealand at this stage of the rugby season and saif that they are too interested in money.

"Rugby is a business now so it's becoming all about the money," he told the Samoa Observer yesterday.

Guildford was in trouble earlier this year for alcohol related problems and could now face disciplinary action for knocking his employer by saying that they are too focused on money and do little to help rugby in the islands.

The All Black said that his national team-mates believed the NZRU should do more to help its Pacific neighbours.

"Unfortunately, the Pacific Islands don't have that money so they're being overlooked by the New Zealand Rugby Union, which is a bit sad."

Guildford told the Observer the All Blacks should be playing Samoa, Fiji and Tonga instead of France.

"It's quite sad that we have to bring France over three weeks in the middle of our toughest domestic competition to make money," he said.

"I don't think it's benefiting a lot of players in many ways but like I said, it's a business these days."

Guildford added that the June break in Super Rugby is isruptive to the sides involved and is "a cash ploy so New Zealand rugby can make money. "

"You've seen the rugby nowadays, it's more about money and less about the actual competition" said Guildford according to Fairfax NZ News.

The Crusaders star told the Observer that Samoan rugby had improved greatly but it would have done even better if it had been able to play the All Blacks.

Guildford said that he was trying to regain his All Blacks place but was also considering his options of playing in Europe.

"It's something I'm definitely looking at, not just for the money but for different lifestyle experience.

"I want to experience different cultures but also to freshen up on my rugby too."

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