8 Sep 2011

Dirty rugby boots seized

9:35 pm on 8 September 2011

Sixty World Cup Rugby players have had their dirty playing boots seized and cleaned by border security because they pose a biosecurity risk.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry says tight security is being maintained at Auckland International Airport to stop any foods or plant matter from entering during the tournament.

MAF says 885 members of the teams competing have arrived.

The ministry says they were all taken to a private room at the airport where their bags were checked and they were screened by airport personnel.

One rugby player did not declare his muddy rugby boots and was fined $400; another was fined for not mentioning he had a pot of honey.

MAF says one team was granted permission to bring a dagger into the country as part of its national garment.