Not guilty plea over All Blacks' hotel bug

March 21, 2017

A security consultant charged over the All Blacks' bugging scandal has pleaded not guilty in court.

A security consultant hired by the All Blacks will appear in court over the listening device which was found in the team's Sydney hotel last year.

Adrian Gard will face Waverley Local Court on public mischief charges on Tuesday.

The 51-year, who has been employed by the NZRU on their trips to Australia for the past decade, was charged following a six-month police investigation.

The listening device was found in the team's meeting room at the InterContinental in Double Day last August.

The discovery was revealed on the day of the Bledisloe Cup Test at ANZ Stadium, dominating the build-up ahead of the All Blacks' 42-8 victory.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has said the saga was bizarre, saying Gard had worked for the All Blacks for a long time and was "trusted and well-respected" by the team.

The All Blacks' management waited five days before reporting the discovery of the bug and held a media conference on the morning of the match, angering the Wallabies team who felt the announcement was ill-timed and had caused an unnecessary distraction.

The All Blacks never accused Australia or the Wallabies of wrongdoing but the incident fuelled a wave of opprobrium on social media while souring relations between the teams throughout the season.

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