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Cops examine All Blacks' listening device

NZN 20/08/2016

Police are investigating why it took days for New Zealand Rugby Union to come forward about the alleged bugging of the All Blacks meeting room in Sydney.

The device was found on Monday hidden in a chair at the Intercontinental hotel in Double Bay during a routine security check, but wasn't reported to police until Saturday.

The All Blacks are staying there ahead of Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup opener against the Wallabies.

When asked whether the six-day delay made the investigation tougher, Superintendent Brad Hodder told reporters that "any delay in any investigation's always tough but we'll look at that information".

"We will be looking at all the avenues and what part of the legislation it comes under, in particular ... we'll look at telecommunications offences and the Devices Listening Act," he said.

Supt Hodder said police didn't have a theory about who planted the device.

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