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Australian Rugby Union CEO Says All Blacks Hotel Room Bug Was 'Unnecessary Distraction'

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver has described the listening device found in an All Blacks team hotel as an "unnecessary distraction" and said that he has "never heard of a rugby team ever adopting such a concept," according to Tom Decent of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Police are "continuing their investigations into who planted a sophisticated listening device in a team meeting room used by the All Blacks at the InterContinental Hotel in Double Bay." An NSW Police spokesperson said, "The device continues to be forensically examined and police are not in a position to comment on the make-up of the device." Pulver has revealed he was "shown a picture of the device" on Friday by New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew. He was "shocked" when he saw the photo but was "under the impression the story would not get out to the public." Pulver went on the record on Saturday to "express his displeasure the story went out on game day" and reiterated that point on Wednesday, saying it was a "sideshow." He said that "sweeping rooms was a foreign concept to him." Pulver: "I've never heard of any sports team sweeping rooms for listening devices so I was surprised by that revelation as well. I'm not going to describe the All Blacks as paranoid, it's up to them to run their team the way they want to but I can tell you we don't sweep rooms" (SMH, 8/24).