Prior to Saturdays opening game of the Rugby Championship some potentially unsettling developments occurred in which a listening device was found in the hotel room where the All Blacks were holding their pre-match meeting the morning before kick-off.
While the ARU have denied any responsibility for the device, New Zealand Rugby are not convinced as a police investigation has gotten underway with World Rugby expected to also get involved in proceedings.
Speaking earlier in the week, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was quite prudent in his approach as he was adamant in not pointing any fingers, highlighting the possibility that the presence of such a device may be due to another reason. (via nzherald.co.nz)
“I’m just saying it’s not a new concept that people would put in bugging devices.”
In terms of the Sydney bug, he said: “You wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions about who put it there, how it got there or why it is there.
“It could have been there for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was old, maybe it was deliberate, who knows?”
Asked about his own occurrences with listening devices Key stated how he had only been informed of a tiny fraction:
“I just can’t go into the details of it and for obvious reasons wouldn’t.”
Key said it was clear from the discovery that the rugby union had taken precautions before.
“There would be plenty of corporate organisations that would do that. And there are political parties and Government that would as well.”
While the ARU should certainly remain innocent until proven guilty, if such allegations are proven to be true than all one can do is laugh; from a mutual perspective anyway, as these developments serve as yet another reminder at the sheer dominance of the All Blacks, for even cheating cannot prevent a drubbing from the world’s best team.
While we are in no way condoning cheating in any shape or form, Australia must ‘up their game’ so to speak to be in with any chance of claiming a victory when the two sides meet again in the reverse fixture of the Bledisloe Cup with the Wallabies travelling to Wellington.