Monday 26 September 2016

New Zealand rugby stunned by reports claiming they may have 'self-bugged' their team room

Published 06/09/2016 | 08:58

Steve Hansen (C) was forced to defend the All Blacks' handling of the incident in Sydney. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Steve Hansen (C) was forced to defend the All Blacks' handling of the incident in Sydney. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

New Zealand rugby chiefs are surprised at claims which have emerged alleging that the All Blacks may have bugged their own team room ahead of the Bledisloe Cup victory over Australia last month.

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The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the New South Wales police are investigating the possibility that the listening device was planted by a member of the All Blacks squad, among a number of different avenues of investigation.

The bug was found in the team room of the hotel the All Blacks were staying ahead of the August 20 clash with the Wallabies.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen admitted afterwards that he waited a few days to report the incident.

A police source is quoted as saying that CCTV footage had provided 'solid developments' and that criminal action could be taken if the allegations are proven.

Reacting to the report, New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew said: "I'm surprised to read anything about this until the inquiry's finished but I guess that's what happens.

"I'll be very surprised if there was any implication that we'd done it ourselves.

"But we'll let the NSW Police go through their job."

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