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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Fatherhood changes Wallabies captain Matt Hodgson's career and life

Chris Dutton Becoming a father has coincided with the best form of Matt Hodgson's career and the new Wallabies captain will likely cut his spring tour short if his wife goes into labour this month.

New coach Michael Cheika makes his mark on Wallabies

New boss ... Wallaby coach Michael Cheika during a training session in London.

Chris Dutton Michael Cheika is a coach with a ferocious reputation, but the new Wallabies mentor is on a mission is to bring "normality and enjoyment" and restore pride in Australian rugby.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika won't get distracted by Kurtley Beale's contract

In limbo: Kurtley Beale's contract will expire before the end of the year.

Chris Dutton New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says "it wouldn't be right of me" to focus on Kurtley Beale's contract uncertainty as he prepares for his first game as Australia's mentor.

New Wallabies winger Henry Speight ready to rewrite family history in Australia and Fiji

Charitable spirit: Wallaby debutante winger Henry Speight.

Chris Dutton Henry Speight will make his Wallabies debut on Sunday, becoming the latest chapter in a life on heartache and controversy.

Matt Hodgson steps up as Wallabies captain for Barbarians clash

The Western Force under Matt Hodgson had their best season ever in 2014.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies will have a new captain for the game against the Barbarians in Matt Hodgson.

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Wallabies halfback Will Genia open to joining 'inspirational' Sam Burgess at Bath

Chris Dutton Wallabies halfback Will Genia admits joining "inspirational" South Sydney hero Sam Burgess at Bath is an attractive option for his future.

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Honey Badger Nick Cummins still dreams of Wallabies World Cup berth

Badger boy: Nick Cummins playing for the Western Force.

Chris Dutton Former Wallaby Nick Cummins will make a last-ditch attempt to achieve his World Cup with the Wallabies.

Wallabies get physical as they prepare to take on the Honey Badger

Presence on and off the field: Nick Cummins.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies hope to add an extra physical edge to their game under new coach Michael Cheika and No. 8 Ben McCalman hopes he has overcome his injury woes to make an immediate impact.

Michael Cheika mixes humour with hard yakka as Wallabies train in London

Michael Cheika speaking at a press conference.

Chris Dutton New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is using light-hearted tactics to break the tension in the Test camp and the players expect his passion to breathe new life into Australian rugby.

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Nick Phipps says Wallabies support women in sport in wake of Di Patston texting incident

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Chris Dutton Wallabies scrumhalf Nick Phipps has defended the team's culture and respect of women, adding that Kurtley Beale deserves a chance in the Test arena to make amends for his past mistakes.

World Cup winning captain Nick Farr-Jones backs Michael Hooper as Wallabies skipper

Michael Hooper has come under fire for his handling of the Kurtley Beale saga.

Chris Dutton World Cup-winning captain Nick Farr-Jones has challenged Michael Hooper to embrace the task of leading the Wallabies, urging the young skipper to back his instincts and "be his own man" in the...

Former Rabbitoh Ben Te'o set to replace Brian O'Driscoll at Leinster

Long-shot for Rugby World Cup: Former South Sydney player Ben Te'o.

Chris Dutton From South Sydney's historic NRL premiership to playing in front of "eight men and a dog", rugby convert Ben Te'o has started his transformation and Leinster view him as the man to fill Irish great...

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Stephen Moore and David Pocock back Wallabies resurgence

David Pocock and Stephen Moore have backed Michael Cheika to succeed.

Chris Dutton Injured Test captains David Pocock and Stephen Moore are adamant the Wallabies can use a five-match spring tour of Europe to lay the foundation for World Cup success.

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New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika demands respect for spring tour

Wallaby force: Christian Leali'ifano is tackled during the Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium.

Chris Dutton New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will demand respect instead of fear as the Test team aims to restore pride in the Australian jersey on a five-game tour of Europe.

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Former Wallaby Dan Palmer lost passion for rugby, then weight

Dan Palmer has shed 20kg since retiring from rugby this year.

Chris Dutton He was once a feared scrumming prop described as one of the toughest in Super Rugby, but former Wallaby Dan Palmer has shed 20 kilograms since his shock retirement, admitting he lost passion for the...

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Kurtley Beale cleared but Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says no plans for immediate recall

Cheika will speak to Beale in the coming days to tell him to return to training, but says there are no plans to fly him to Europe for a five-game tour.

Chris Dutton New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says "there are no winners" from the Kurtley Beale texting saga, adding there's no "desperation" to include Beale for the spring tour of Europe despite the star...

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ACT Brumbies recruit James Dargaville likened to Pat McCabe

Chris Dutton He's been likened to Wallabies warrior Pat McCabe and the ACT Brumbies are backing recruit James Dargaville to force his way into a star-studded back line next year.

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Canberra looking at Super Rugby to find sevens stars

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Chris Dutton ACT sevens coach Dave Grimmond hasn't ruled out recruiting Super Rugby players to boost his team's chances of winning a national title next year with a chance to chase Olympic Games gold looming as a...

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Injured Scott Fardy says Wallabies can rebound from 'strange time'

Chris Dutton Injured Wallabies flanker Scott Fardy will use the Super Rugby season to launch his bid for World Cup selection, admitting Australian rugby faces "a pretty strange time" after appointing its third...