New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew would be surprised if Australian police were implying a listening device found in the All Blacks’ Sydney hotel could have been planted by someone in the NZ camp.
On Tuesday, Tew told media gathered at a NZ Rugby press conference in Wellington, held to announce Gordon Tietjens’ retirement as NZ sevens coach, he had been surprised to read new details of the inquiry. He did not know when its completion was likely.
“I have seen the story,” Tew said.
“The police are going to do their job, and we certainly respect that. I’m surprised to read anything about this until the inquiry is finished, but I guess that’s what happens.
“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.
“I haven’t heard from them [the police] for a while actually. They may be talking to Darren [All Blacks manager Darren Shand] but I haven’t heard anything.”
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster added: “My understanding is that it’s a police enquiry, I haven’t heard that it’s finalised, so I’m not sure I can really say too much about that. But if they consider it coming out of this camp it’s a little bit surprising.”
Three weeks have passed since the All Blacks found a listening device in their Double Bay hotel in the lead-up to the first Bledisloe test in Sydney.
However, a police source told Fairfax Media they have not ruled out anything out at this stage, saying “a lot of people are going to be spoken to” and they will treat every possibility, no matter how far-fetched it might sound, seriously.
New information has also come to light, with police revealing the device is not as sophisticated as first reported.