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All Blacks lift ban on photo agency

03/08/2010 09:27:33 PM Comments (0)

The All Blacks have lifted a suspension on Getty Images after its official photo agency apologised for exposing the All Blacks' team plan ahead of last Saturday's Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup rugby match against Australia.

Getty Images and All Blacks management had met in Christchurch to discuss the concerns regarding the image taken at the team's training in Melbourne last week.

New Zealand manager Darren Shand said the All Blacks had accepted the apology from Getty Images and looked forward to again working with the organisation.

A statement from the All Blacks management said Getty Images had addressed the concerns raised by the All Blacks management team at the meeting.

The agency acknowledged the sensitive nature of the information, and regretted the disruption it caused.

The incident happened last Wednesday when New Zealand-born photographer Scott Barbour, a freelancer for Getty, shot a picture of head coach Graham Henry holding the team's tactical moves for the match against the Wallabies, which was reproduced in Australian media outlets.

Getty Images was then banned from sending a replacement photographer to the team's remaining practice sessions in Melbourne ahead the match.

The All Blacks went on to trounce the Wallabies 49-28.

The teams meet again in Christchurch on Saturday.

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