'He respects the All Blacks' - security man appears in Sydney court over hotel bugging saga


The man accused of public mischief over the bugging of the All Blacks' hotel in Sydney last year has pleaded not guilty.

Adrian Gard, employed by the All Blacks for over a decade, is charged with public mischief over last year's incident.
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Security consultant Adrian Gard's lawyer denies his client gave a false statement when he said he found an "unlawful listening device", which resulted in a police investigation.

It comes after a 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, and souring relations between the two rugby unions.

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Gard had been employed by the All Blacks as a security consultant in Australia for the last decade.

In a brief statement Mr Gard's lawyer, Simon Joyner, said "he has participated with the police investigation and respects the All Blacks and what they represent."

In court Mr Joyner requested a two-day hearing that would fit in with the schedule of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and team management.

Steve Hansen has previously expressed his shock at the charge, calling it "very hard to understand".

Gard, who has also worked for Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, did not comment.

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