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All Blacks' hotel room in Sydney bugged

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/08/2016

A hidden listening device has been found in an All Blacks meeting room in the team's Sydney hotel ahead of their test against the Wallabies.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief Steve Tew has confirmed police have been called in to investigate a bug found during a routine security check on Monday.

"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," he said in a statement.

"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."

Steve Hansen © Getty Images Steve Hansen The All Blacks have been staying at the Intercontinental in Double Bay.

The team is set to play the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup opener on Saturday night. The Australian Rugby Union was making no comment.

A spokesman for the Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay hotel said management was investigating and hoped to have more information soon.

New South Wales police did not have any immediate information.

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