Former All Blacks Zac Guildford will make his debut for Waikato this weekend, as he continues his bid to resurrect his professional rugby career.
Waikato play Taranaki in the opening round of the Mitre 10 cup provincial competition.
Guildford is hoping he can return to Super rugby at some stage with alcohol and off-field problems having plagued his career so far.
It culminated with the New South Wales Waratahs terminating his Super rugby contract last year.
He's also played for the Hurricanes, the Crusaders and the French club Clermont, where there were also problems during his stints there.
He returned to Masterton to live with his grandparents and played for Wairarpa-Bush in the provincial competition last year.
He then played for Waikato in the national sevens competition earlier this year before signing with them for the Mitre 10 Cup competition.
The competition kicks off tonight when North Harbour host Otago.