The mind games begin

The off-field hype begins as Wallabies coach John Connolly admits that he has spies within the All Black camp.

“Oh we have our spies,” Connolly told The Australian when asked how he knew who New Zealand would play on Saturday in the first of three Bledisloe Cup matches.

Connolly also told The Daily Telegraph that he learned of the All Blacks team composition late last week.

“Let’s just say we heard it through the grapevine,” he said. “It was named a couple of days ago to the (New Zealand) players.”

The wily Aussie coach also claims to have known in advance about the England side who played Australia twice last month, commenting, “it’s very easy to get a bloke up a tree with a camera.”

It is speculated that Connolly’s bragging may instigate an internal investigation within the camp in an attempt to disrupt the All Blacks’ preparation ahead of Saturday’s encounter.

New Zealand coach Graham Henry and his management team are yet to comment.