Hewitt willing to help Guildford
By John Matheson
Norm Hewitt is in discussions with Zac Guildford as the troubled All Black looks to plan his road to redemption, Truth can reveal.
Hewitt – who famously overcame his demons towards the end of his career with the All Blacks, Hurricanes and Wellington – has offered to mentor Guildford as he looks to rebuild his career.
Guildford, the Crusaders wing, stood down from all rugby on Saturday following an alcohol fuelled incident in Christchurch nine days ago.
Truth understands that Hewitt wants to work with Guildford who played his 10th test for the ABs in June.
But a source said he will only sign up for the job if Guildford can convince Hewitt that he is done with booze.
Hewitt’s methods are understood to revolve around “humbling” his charges before rebuilding them from “ground zero up.”
One of Hewitt’s most successful projects was Riki Flutey.
After a number of off field incidents the former Hurricanes star went to Hewitt for help.
After the rebuild Flutey signed to play in Europe and went on to play 15 tests – 14 for England and one for the British and Irish Lions.