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Someone Went To A Lot Of Trouble To Find Out What's Going On In All Black Team Meetings

Someone Went To A Lot Of Trouble To Find Out What's Going On In All Black Team Meetings
By PJ Browne
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The Rugby Championship gets underway in Sydney this morning with Australia taking on New Zealand.

Ahead of the game, the New Zealand Herald has broken a remarkable story.

On Monday, All Blacks security found a listening device in the team meeting room at a Sydney hotel. The device was placed in the foam of a chair in the room where team and management discussed tactics ahead of the game. It is also the room where the starting XV is announced on a Tuesday.

However, it was not until the early hours of Saturday morning (Irish time) that New Zealand Rugby informed Australian police of the discovery.


New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew told media that the device could have been used to listen in on a team meeting earlier in the week.

There was an All Blacks team meeting there earlier in the week. If the device was working properly, and we don't know that for sure, then they would have overhead that.

But we don't think it's a catastrophic issue for the game tonight. We're going to get on with it.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the All Blacks suspected that they were being spied on during the Rugby World Cup in England last year but at the time did not have the required equipment to sweep for bugs. That has changed in the interim.

Bill Pulver, head of the ARU, denied any involvement by Australian Rugby.

Look, I have literally just seen a note from Steve Tew telling me about this and a brief statement they [New Zealand Rugby] are about to put out which confirms that they found a listening device and the two unions have agreed to hand the matter over to the police.

Mate, of course [the ARU is not involved]. It is completely ludicrous. I just think it's a ludicrous concept that there are listening devices being placed in team rooms. I don't know how that could happen.

A source told the Herald that 'hiding the device was a highly skilled and meticulous act and whoever put it there would have needed a significant amount of time to have pulled off such an accomplished job'.

An investigation has been undertaken by Australian police.


Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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