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England admit to anti-bugging measures

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While plenty of people here in Australia would scoff at such a notion, most Wallaby fans convinced that England's only gameplan reads – 'Give ball to JW. JW kicks ball through posts. Repeat as necessary' – Woodward insists that such security measures are necessary.

"We have a machine that anyone can buy in the shops that checks for bugs," admitted Woodward to zurichpremiership.com.

"We have this little device and it is no bigger than a matchbox and Tony Biscombe, who is our IT man, goes round the hotel rooms and the team rooms and makes sure there are no devices."

"Sometimes people don't understand the huge stakes that we are playing for and we don't want to take any chances and we don't, it is just common sense and we have done it for a couple of years now and it is now our standard way of operating."

Indeed, Woodward believes that the 2001 Lions may have been victims of spying on their tour of Australia.

"It is a serious business, but it was based on the series with the Lions when the Aussies purported to know the Lions line-out calls," said Woodward.

"There are plenty of ways of getting information to the other team, the media can do it, the press can do it, if anyone could hear what actually happens in team rooms I am sure that they would be very interested. But you just don't allow that to happen, it is just security and we take security very seriously."

By Justin O'Regan in Sydney


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