All Blacks Bugged In Hotel Ahead Of Wallabies Bledisloe Cup Test In Sydney

Publish Date
Saturday, 20 August 2016, 11:43AM
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The NZ Herald is reporting that a sophisticated listening device was discovered in the All Blacks' team room in their hotel ahead of tonight's test against the Wallabies.

The device - the sort used by law enforcement and spying agencies - had been planted in a chair in the Sydney hotel where the team have been staying since Sunday, the Herald has learned.

It is unclear whether Australian police will be called in but the hotel has launched its own investigation.

A New Zealand Police spokeswoman said it was referring all inquiries about the incident to Australian authorities.

The Herald understands the foam of the seat appeared to have been deliberately and carefully cut to make way for the surveillance device and then sewn or glued back together to be almost undetectable.

It was discovered on Monday after team management asked the security detail looking after them in Australia to sweep the room for bugs.

The Herald has been told 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.

read the full story at the NZ Herald

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