An All Blacks security guard has escaped conviction after facing court over the team's Sydney hotel bugging episode.
References from 15 people including rugby league great Mal Meninga, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and All Blacks captain Kieran Read were provided to a Sydney magistrate on Friday before she placed Adrian Gard on a one-year good behaviour bond.
The 52-year-old security contractor was in August cleared of making up a claim he found a bug planted in the All Blacks' Double Bay hotel room in 2016.
However, he was found guilty of acting as a security consultant without the proper licence.
Magistrate Jennifer Atkinson in the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday agreed Gard's offending was at the very lower end of the scale and rejected the prosecution's call for him to be fined.
But she again criticised the way the security team and All Blacks handled the finding of a bug inside a meeting room chair five days before the match against Australia.