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Bookie speaks out in favour of All Black, Zac

08:32 AM 22 Jan 2013 NZDT
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Controversial former Alll Black Tony Clifford (left) & Stu Bailey
Controversial former Alll Black - Zac Guildford.
Tony Clifford (left) & Stu Bailey

The New Zealand TAB's harness racing odds setter Stu Bailey has spoken out in support of his flat-mate and controversial former All Black, Zac Guildford.

He has accused the New Zealand Rugby Union of failing under-fire All Black Zac Guildford.

The winger was promised professional help and support from his employers after he ran naked and bleeding into a Rarotonga bar before assaulting two patrons in November 2011.

Guildford has gone into hiding since allegations that he assaulted a party-goer at a Christchurch house on January 12 after a drinking and gambling session emerged this week.

Bailey believes Guildford has been let down by a lack of support from the NZRU.

"I've not seen or heard anyone from the rugby union in the whole time that he's been living here," he told APNZ from his home in the new subdivision of Northwood in Christchurch today.

Bailey (43) took Guildford into his Christchurch home after the Rarotonga incident.

He's kept a watchful eye on him since then and taken him under his wing.

But he's disappointed the NZRU haven't kept close checks on him.

"Someone should've rung me every two or three months to ask if Zac was all right, if everything was going according to plan, of if I'd had any trouble? But, there was nothing.

"They could've rung me once a week if they wanted to."

Now Bailey fears that Guildford will be "ditched" and his lucrative NZRU contract torn up.

"They've just gone on record too many times saying this is his last chance," he said.

The NZRU refused to discuss details on what support it was providing Guildford.


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By Duane RANGER (editor), the NEW ZEALAND HERALD, and TV3.

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