The All Blacks face Australia in their Rugby Championship opener on Saturday

An All Blacks security consultant has been cleared of public mischief in relation to a bug placed in a New Zealand meeting room before last year’s Bledisloe Cup tie against Australia.

Adrian Gard was of making a false statement to police after the listening device was found during a check of the hotel room.

A court in Sydney dismissed the charge on Friday.

Gard was found guilty of another charge of operating without a proper licence.

He will be sentenced for that charge in September.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read told the court that Gard, who had worked for the team for a long time, was a “pretty good man” and had been “pretty honest and loyal in what he does”.

Read’s side on Saturday – the first of three games in the annual Bledisloe Cup.

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