Australia's Nick Phipps (C) passes the ball from the scrum during the third rugby Bledisloe Cup Test between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland on October 22, 2016. / AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEY (Photo credit should read MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

A security consultant tasked with protecting the New Zealand rugby team has been charged in relation to the discovery of a bugging device in the All Blacks’ team rooms last year.

Police announced today a 51-year-old man would face court next month after being charged with “public mischief” following investigations into the discovery of the listening device, which was found in the All Blacks’ team hotel in August last year.

It is understood the man charged has been employed by the All Blacks as a security consultant on their trips to Australia for the last ten years.

The motive behind his actions remain unknown.