All Blacks hotel bugged ahead of Bledisloe Cup opener - report
THE All Blacks have been rocked by a bugging bombshell ahead of Saturday’s first Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies.
According to a New Zealand Herald report, a listening device was found in the All Blacks team room at their hotel in Sydney.
The Herald reported that the device was planted in a chair, with the hotel now investigating how it got there. The device was discovered on Monday by team security and was believed to be live.
New Zealand Rugby Union confirmed the incident to the Herald.
“A listening device was found in a meeting room this week during a routine security check,” CEO Steve Tew said in the statement.
“The hotel immediately launched an investigation, we have informed the Australian Rugby Union, and jointly we have now decided to hand over the investigation to the Australian police.
“We are taking this issue very seriously, and given it will be a police matter, it would not be prudent to go into further details.”
The All Blacks in action during a June Test against Wales.
The All Blacks in action during a June Test against Wales.Source:Getty Images
Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver vehemently denied to the Herald that his organisation was involved and said he was disappointed the shocking news had broken on match day.
“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,” Pulver said.
It is unclear is Australian police will pursue the matter. New Zealand authorities have left the incident in their hands.
The All Blacks also suspected they may have been bugged during last year’s Rugby World Cup, at which they beat Australia in the final to defend the trophy.
Come on Wallabies.. you have to be better than that.. Game one tonight.. PUMPED