Man charged over bug found in All Blacks Sydney hotel

A security consultant has been charged over claims a bug was placed in the All Black's hotel room in Sydney before a match.

It comes after an investigation by police into allegations the device was planted in a room used by the team for sensitive tactics meetings in August last year.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the man charged worked for the All Blacks and was "someone who is trusted and well respected by us".

He said the charge "seems bizarre and unbelievable".

New South Wales police said a 51-year-old man is due to appear in court in Sydney to face charges of public mischief on 21 March.

The man, who has not been identified, could face up to 12 months in prison if convicted.

The device was discovered by New Zealand management on 15 August and reported to police five days later, with news emerging the morning of the team's Bledisloe Cup match against Australia.

Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver said: "The ARU and the Wallabies were never accused of any wrongdoing, however, it was still important that this matter reached a conclusion to provide complete reassurance to all fans that the organisation and the team had no part in any of this.

"There may be some questions that remain but certainly today's news is welcome news that an individual has been called to account over this incident."

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