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Hansen on defence after spy-gate

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has defended their decision to stay at the same Sydney hotel where they reported the discovery of a listening device in the team meeting room ahead of last year’s test against Australia.

Hansen’s comments came as Adrian Gard, a security consultant used by the All Blacks, faced a court hearing in Sydney on Monday on a charge of public mischief involving the discovery of the device at the Intercontinental hotel at Double Bay last August.

Police have alleged Gard made a false claim by reporting the bug had been found.

Gard pleaded not guilty to the charge in March.

The All Blacks will stay at the hotel next week in the leadup to the opening match of the Rugby Championship and Hansen shrugged off reporters’ questions about the decision.

“It’s a good hotel,” he said yesterday.

“There are potential bugs in every hotel. Even your one.”

Gard had worked with the All Blacks on security arrangements for over a decade before his arrest in February.

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