All Blacks security guard pleads not guilty in bugging case

All Blacks security guard pleads not guilty in bugging case

A security consultant charged after a listening device was found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel room in 2016 has pleaded not guilty.

Gard, who has worked for the All Blacks for more than 10 years, is charged with public mischief after the bug was discovered in a chair in the team meeting room at the Intercontinental in Double Bay in the build-up to last year's opening Bledisloe Cup match played at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

Gard's lawyer, Simon Joyner, made a short statement outside of Waverley Local Court on Tuesday, saying his client would plead not guilty when he returned to court on May 2.

The charge does not imply he placed the listening device, but is alleged to have misled Police over the matter.

New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, right, with Adrian Gard from the All Blacks security detail before the first Bledisloe Cup match between the All Blacks and Wallabies in Sydney previous year.

BGI has acted as security for numerous high-profile personalities, including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, as well as working for the All Blacks for many years.

The case has been adjourned until the 2nd of May.

A two-day hearing is also due to begin on an unspecified date, coinciding with All Blacks management and coaches' availability.

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chief executive Bill Pulver said the Wallabies and the ARU had never been accused of wrongdoing and commended NSW Police for pursuing the matter.