6 Sep 2016

NZ Rugby boss 'very surprised' by bugging possibility

11:36 am on 6 September 2016

The chief executive of New Zealand Rugby Steve Tew would be very surprised to learn the All Blacks bugged their own hotel in Sydney.

Steve Tew during Keven Mealamu's announcement of his retirement.

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

A listening device was discovered in the team's hotel ahead of last month's Bledisloe Cup in Sydney and the police in New South Wales are reportedly not ruling out the possibility that someone in the New Zealand camp planted the device.

A police source has told the Sydney Morning Herald if it turned out to be someone within the New Zealand camp, they would "absolutely" look at criminally pursuing the matter.

Tew says he is waiting for the police to complete their investigation.

"I'm surprised to read anything about this until the inquiry's finished but I guess that's what happens," he said.

"Obviously we'd be very surprised if there was any implication that we'd done it ourselves but we'll let the New South Wales police go through their job."

It has been three weeks since the All Blacks found the device in their Double Bay hotel in the lead-up to the first Bledisloe test in Sydney.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting the police have not ruled out anything out at this stage and they will treat every possibility, no matter how far-fetched it might sound, seriously.

The Police said the device is not as sophisticated as initially thought and was operated by a battery with a short lifespan.