586 Zac Guildford

Height 182
Weight 97
Birthplace Masterton
Previous Clubs Tech OB (Hawkes Bay RU)

Zachary Robert Guildford  All Black #1097

Few would have disagreed with the assessment the 2010 Rugby Almanack made of Zac Guildford when it proclaimed him one of its five outstanding players of the 2009 season.

Then aged only 20, Guildford, with his speed, work-rate and energy, was already an All Black. Having been chosen for the 2009 end of year tour he appeared destined to become one of New Zealand rugby’s greatest wings.

His early elevation to All Black rugby had always seemed inevitable after he had been quickly identified as an exceptional prospect during his teenage years. He had a starring role in national secondary school and age group sides, culminating in his being part of the winning New Zealand under 20s at Tokyo in 2009.

Guildford scored two tries in the final against England, but the occasion was marred by the sudden death as he watched the game in the grandstand of his father, Robert, a Wairarapa-Bush representative player himself in the early 1990s. Those traumatic circumstances gave even more prominence for Guildford.

Guildford was aged only 18 when he first played representative rugby for Hawke’s Bay and in 2008-09 he was already playing Super 15 rugby with the Hurricanes and in 2010 he joined New Zealand’s most successful franchise, the Crusaders. That same year he was also in the national sevens side which won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Of his future the 2010 Almanack had no doubts. “He will be a crowd favourite for many years to come,” it said.

Yet Guildford, without quite reaching his potential, achieved much in New Zealand rugby at provincial, Super and All Black levels. Even though competing against several other class wings, he gained a total of 10 test caps, the last two of which were in the 2012 home tests against Ireland. In an early season home test in 2011 against Wales he scored two tries and in his only appearance in the 2011 World Cup he scored four tries against Canada.

The highlight of his four-season spell with the Crusaders was having a leading role in their remarkable 2011 season when all of the franchise’s matches were away because of the earthquake. Despite that disadvantage they made the final, only to lose narrowly and unluckily to the Reds.

Guildford finished with 79 Super games and had 68 games for Hawke’s Bay, including being in the Magpies side when it won the Ranfurly Shield in 2013.

Profile by Lindsay Knight
for the New Zealand Rugby Museum.


FULL NAME Zachary Robert Guildford
BORN Wednesday, 8 February 1989 in Masterton, New Zealand
PHYSICAL 1.82m, 97kg
POSITION Wing
LAST SCHOOL Napier Boys’ High
RUGBY CLUB
(First made All Blacks from)
Taradale
PROVINCE Hawke’s Bay
SUPER RUGBY TEAM Crusaders
ALL BLACK DEBUT Saturday, 7 November 2009
v Wales at Cardiff
aged 20 years, 272 days
INTERNATIONAL DEBUT Saturday, 7 November 2009
v Wales at Cardiff
aged 20 years, 272 days
LAST TEST Saturday, 16 June 2012
v Ireland at Christchurch
aged 23 years, 129 days
ALL BLACK TESTS 10 (1 as a substitute) 10
ALL BLACK GAMES 1 1
TOTAL ALL BLACK MATCHES 11 (1 as a substitute) 11
STARTING POSITIONS Jersey Number 11 : 5
Jersey Number 14 : 4

Jersey Number 22 : 1
ALL BLACK TEST POINTS 30pts (6t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
ALL BLACK GAME POINTS 0pts
TOTAL ALL BLACK POINTS 30pts (6t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
ALL BLACK NUMBER 1097

ALL BLACK GAMES THAT GUILDFORD PLAYED

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

Click on the date below to view the Match Card
2009
7 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 19-12
21 Nov vs England at London 19-6
5 Dec vs Barbarians Club at London 18-25
2010
12 Jun vs Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (+)
26 Jun vs Wales at Hamilton 29-10
2011
22 Jul vs Fiji at Dunedin 60-14
30 Jul vs South Africa at Wellington 40-7
27 Aug vs Australia at Brisbane 20-25 (-)
2 Oct vs Canada at Wellington 79-15
2012
9 Jun vs Ireland at Auckland 42-10 (-)
16 Jun vs Ireland at Christchurch 22-19
POINTS SCORED FOR THE ALL BLACKS
t c p dg pts
vs South Africa, 30 Jul 2011 2 10
vs Canada, 2 Oct 2011 4 20
Totals 6 0 0 0 30

 

TEST RECORD BY NATION
P W D L t c p dg pts
Australia 1 1
Canada 1 1 4 20
England 1 1
Fiji 1 1
Ireland 3 3
South Africa 1 1 2 10
Wales 2 2
Totals 10 9 0 1 6 0 0 0 30

2021 season

2 1
Played
0
Tries
0
Conversions
0
Penalties
0
Drop Goals

2016 season

9
Played
4
Tries
0
Conversions
0
Penalties
0
Drop Goals

All seasons

11 1
Played
4
Tries
0
Conversions
0
Penalties
0
Drop Goals

2021 season

Sat 14 Aug 1:00 pm H Pre-Season Wellington Samoans 34 - 20
Sat 25 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship South Canterbury 61 - 17

2016 season

Sat 27 Aug 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship King Country 16 - 18
Sat 03 Sep 1:00 pm N Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti 22 - 32
Sat 10 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Mid Canterbury 16 - 26
Sat 17 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Thames Valley 28 - 18
Sat 24 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship North Otago 22 - 38
Sat 01 Oct 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Buller 24 - 26
Sat 08 Oct 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Poverty Bay 30 - 32
Sat 15 Oct 6:00 pm H Heartland Championship Ngāti Porou East Coast 44 - 22
Sat 22 Oct 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship-S/F Meads Cup Whanganui 58 - 26