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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Christian Lealiifano ready to be World Cup back-up and fire for Barbarians

Chris Dutton Christian Lealiifano is ready to answer any SOS from the Wallabies during the World Cup.

David Pocock meets 'incredible human' Desmond Tutu in South Africa

ACT Brumbies and Wallabies flanker David Pocock meets South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Chris Dutton David Pocock has led the fight against homophobia in sport, battled his way back from two knee reconstructions and faces a World Cup selection fight, but meeting one of his heroes in South Africa...

Brumbies prop Scott Sio back to basics as he pushes for World Cup spot

Chris Dutton The World Cup and Super Rugby finals are the ultimate goal, but ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio says he has to clear the injury hurdle first to prove he deserves his spot in the team.

Queanbeyan Whites captain Dan Penca sees Canberra Vikings red

Queanbeyan Whites captain Dan Penca.

Chris Dutton Queanbeyan captain Dan Penca has his sights set on toppling four-time defending premiers Tuggeranong.

NFL discard Chris Coyle wants to be reverse Jarryd Hayne to chase Brumbies dream

Chris Coyle, an NFL player from the USA is trying out with the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton Chris Coyle could have been catching passes from quarterbacks Tom Brady or Drew Brees, but has decided to chase a rugby union long-shot with the Brumbies.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham open to having two referees

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says a referee system similar to the NRL could work in Super Rugby.

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has backed any moves to lift the standard of Super Rugby refereeing, including investigating an NRL-style two-referee system.

ACT Brumbies crack down on discipline for intense Super Rugby finals fight

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will clamp down on their discipline after conceding 32 penalties in two games on their tour of South Africa.

Brumbies flanker David Pocock to play through pain of dislocated finger

David Pocock's injured pinky finger on his left hand needs to stay straight for six weeks for it to heal.

Chris Dutton David Pocock has dislocated the same finger twice in two matches - but is adamant the injury won't hold him back.

Matt Toomua confident injury won't hold him back from Brumbies' finals charge

Brumby Joe Tomane scores against the  Lions.

Chris Dutton A gutted Matt Toomua is hopeful that he will be fit for the ACT Brumbies' last three games.

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Rugby union to investigate two-referee system to emulate NRL

Could Super Rugby have two on-field referees? Referee Rohan Hoffmann.

Chris Dutton Introducing a two-referee system similar to the NRL's officials set up looms as one of the leading options to transform Super Rugby and make the game more attractive.

Brumbies hold on to finals hopes and bank on best Super Rugby defence

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 16:  Christian Leallifano of the Brumbies drives into Elton Jantjies during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Brumbies at Emirates Airline Park on May 16, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton The Brumbies face a tough run to the Super Rugby finals, but is the best defence in the competition enough to get them to their goal?

ACT Brumbies beat Lions 30-20 to keep Super Rugby finals hopes alive

Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies

Chris Dutton The Brumbies won their first game in South Africa since 2013 to keep their finals hopes alive, beating the Johannesburg Lions 30-20 at Ellis Park.

Game face: in the coaching box with ACT Brumbies mentor Stephen Larkham

Stephen larkham

Chris Dutton In the Brumbies coaches' box - coach Stephen Larkham opens up the Super Rugby inner sanctum as his team fights to stay in the finals race.

Time for ACT Brumbies to break South African hoodoo as Super Rugby finals loom

Brumbies player Stephen Moore in action.

Chris Dutton JOHANNESBURG: The ACT Brumbies are refusing to buy into a 'post Jake White curse' in South Africa, adamant they can break a two-year drought in the Rainbow Nation to keep their play-off dreams alive.

Brumbies back Jesse Mogg high on altitude for long-range shots in South Africa

Jesse Mogg is likely to step up and take long-range kicks for the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton France-bound fullback Jesse Mogg will throw his hand up to launch 65-metre penalty attempts on Sunday morning as the ACT Brumbies throw faith in their kickers to breathe life into their season.

Allan Alaalatoa draws on dad's World Cup experience to prop up Brumbies scrum

Allan Alaalatoa will make his Brumbies starting debut against the Lions.

Chris Dutton Rookie prop Allan Alaalatoa will draw on inspiration from his hero, dad Vili, to ensure he's ready to stabilise the wobbly ACT Brumbies scrum.

Sam Carter says ACT Brumbies aren't 'one-trick ponies'

Sam Carter has been granted leave to be with his family after the death of a childhood friend.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies need to prove they're not "one-trick ponies" as they search for an attacking edge to revive their Super Rugby season.

Matt Toomua wants to be ACT Brumbies spark in comeback

Matt Toomua of the Brumbies makes a break

Chris Dutton Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua wants to be the spark that ignites the ACT Brumbies' run to the finals, even if that means changing positions in the back line.

Starved Brumbies winger Henry Speight wants more action

Brumbies player Outside Centre Henry Speight in action.

Chris Dutton Henry Speight touched the ball just three times last week, but has vowed to make the most of any opportunities that come his way against the Lions.

Scott Fardy backs 'brutal' Super Rugby battles to ignite Wallabies' World Cup

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 10: Scott Fardy of the Brumbies wins lineout ball during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Brumbies at Eden Park on April 10, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton It's a finals race which will end in heartbreak for at least one Australian team, but Test flanker Scott Fardy believes the intense battle for play-off spots will boost the Wallabies ahead of the...