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Not guilty plea over All Blacks' hotel bug

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/03/2017 Jamie McKinnell

An All Blacks security consultant charged after a listening device was found in the New Zealand rugby team's Sydney hotel last year has pleaded not guilty in court.

Adrian Gard, 51, was charged after the device was discovered during a routine check of a meeting room at the InterContinental in Double Bay in the lead-up to the second Bledisloe Cup Test in August.

Australian-based Gard appeared briefly in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday morning where he pleaded not guilty to one count of false misrepresentation resulting in a police investigation.

Court documents state he told police he found the bug secreted in a chair. Outside court, his lawyer Simon Joyner said Gard denied the charges.

"He has participated with the police investigation and he respects the All Blacks and what they represent," Mr Joyner said. Gard made no comment.

After the 51-year-old was charged, All Blacks coach Steven Hansen said he was a trusted and well-respected member of the team, describing the charge as "bizarre and unbelievable".

Gard has more than 30 years' experience in the security industry and has worked for leading public figures including former US President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and golfer Tiger Woods.

He's been involved with the All Blacks' security for 10 years.

Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver stressed the Wallabies were never accused of any wrongdoing.

There were reports at the time the bugging may have been an inside job by someone within the All Blacks' camp.

It took five days for NZRU to come forward about the alleged bugging and the Wallabies were angered by the distraction on match day.

The All Blacks won the Test 42-8.

Gard's matter is scheduled to return to court in May.

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