|Zac Guildford has told media he has turned over a new leaf and is off the booze|
Rugby bad boy Zac Guildford and saint Richie McCaw were both upbeat at the Crusaders' training session yesterday.
Guildford, who is suspended for three pre-season games and the Super opener against the Blues on February 24 after his liquor-fuelled misdemeanours in Rarotonga last year, told media he is now off the booze and promised he had turned over a new leaf.
Meanwhile, World Cup-winning captain McCaw, who is recovering from an operation on his injured right foot that forced him to play through pain at the RWC, said he hoped to be available for the Crusaders about mid-March.
He did not want to put a time on his recovery, but expected to be back about the time of the Crusaders' bye weekend of March 17-18.
McCaw said he was doing a lot of swimming and cycling as part of his recovery, and he wanted to be around the team to be up to speed with everything.
Dan Carter, also recovering from surgery, is also expected to return in March.
On March 9 the seven-times Super champions have their first "home" game against the Chiefs.
However, with progress on the new Addington stadium slower than expected, it will probably be played in Nelson or Napier.