A huge signing for the Waratahs ahead of the 2016 season, Zac Guildford was lured by new head coach, Daryl Gibson who formed a unique bond with the winger during their time at the Crusaders when Gibson served as an assistant. A former All Black with 10 Tests to his name, Guildford commenced his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes in 2008, playing 18 matches before moving to the Crusaders, where he clocked a further 61 appearances. He returns from a stint in France to join the Waratahs for the 2016 campaign, keeping fit with a bout of boxing on the side. Born in Greytown in New Zealand, Guildford has been playing rugby ever since he could pick up a ball, citing his father as the reason for his ongoing passion for the game. Guildford made his provincial debut for Hawke's Bay in 2007 at the age of 18. He also played a key part in the New Zealand side that beat England in the final of the Junior World Championship in 2009 and contributed to the Kiwi Sevens Commonwealth Games gold medal win in 2010.