NZ up security to prevent 2013 repeat

Date published: November 4 2014

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New Zealand will step up security at their London hotel to prevent what happened in 2013 when a journalist entered their team room.

The All Blacks will step up security at their London hotel in a bid to prevent what happened in 2013 when a journalist entered their team room.

The world champions arrived at the same Kensington hotel where a reporter, Oliver Brown, of the Daily Telegraph wrote of what he saw on a white board in the All Blacks’ empty team room.

The motivational message which Brown saw said: “We are the most dominant team in the history of the world” something which he described it as a “chilling mantra”.

Coach Steve Hansen had plenty of explaining to do in the build-up to the Test against England – which the All Blacks won 30-22 – and said there was a “breach of trust”.

But Hansen has taken measures which will ensure that the same thing does not happen again.

“Clearly, you’d expect you people to stay out of our team rooms,” he told AAP on Monday.

“But we’ve learned that we can’t expect that so obviously we’ve got to be a bit smarter and make sure the security’s right.”

Hansen acknowledged that journalists worked in a competitive enviroment but said he is wary of the press throughout the world.

“The press the world round, their job is to sell newspapers or computer pages or whatever medium they’re in,” he added.

“Once you understand that, you get along OK with them.”

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