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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Josh Mann-Rea's country move ignites passion for hay and rugby

Chris Dutton A team bus stopping to pick up a hooker sounds like a joke or the start of an off-season controversy, but this is not what you're thinking.

Sydney Sevens: Henry Speight reunites with Andy Friend six years after Brumbies meeting

Henry Speight will use a midfield switch to spark his best form.

Chris Dutton Henry Speight still remembers the moment Andy Friend convinced him to join the ACT Brumbies.

Argentinian recruit Tomas Cubelli has wings for ACT Brumbies debut against Waratahs

Tomas Cubelli, the Brumbies' new scrumhalf.

Chris Dutton Argentinian scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli will make his Brumbies debut on Saturday.

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Brumbies players and staff tested for drugs as post-Essendon crackdown begins

Chris Dutton and Courtney Rees Brumbies players and staff tested for drugs as post-Essendon crackdown begins.

Henry Speight to play five games for Brumbies as he targets Olympic sevens

Overlooked: Wallabies winger Henry Speight has been left out of the Australian sevens team to play in Auckland this weekend.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are planning to have Henry Speight for the first five games of the Super Rugby season before he switches his focus to his pursuit of Rio Olympic Games glory.

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Japan opens Ruan Smith's eyes to new style as he targets Brumbies game time

Ruan Smith will monitor his workload to ensure he doesn't burn out this year.

Chris Dutton Returning ACT Brumbies prop Ruan Smith says a stint in Japan has opened his eyes to a new style of rugby.

Brumbies star Matt Toomua digs in short ball at wife Ellyse Perry for Canberra battle

Ellyse Perry and Matt Toomua are one of the glamour couples of Australian sport.

Chris Dutton  Most couples argue about the washing up, but tension simmers for Ellyse Perry and Matt Toomua in backyard cricket.

Jordan Smiler trades France for Brumbies pre-season as he ramps up Super Rugby bid

Jordan and Stacey Smiler at the Brumbies Ball.

Chris Dutton Jordan Smiler will go into his unexpected Super Rugby campaign with a "just get on with it" attitude.

Aussie coach Andy Friend ready for first Sydney Sevens, waits on Quade Cooper

Former ACT Brumbies coach Andy Friend.

Chris Dutton New Australian sevens coach Andy Friend says he will not pick Quade Cooper "just because he's Quade Cooper".

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Super Rugby's maul law change set to hit ACT Brumbies attacking weapon

Super Rugby has adjusted the laws for the rolling maul this year. The Brumbies scored 10 tries from rolling mauls last year.

Chris Dutton Super Rugby officials have shackled the ACT Brumbies' biggest attacking weapon.

Christian Lealiifano joins Stephen Moore in ACT Brumbies co-captains role

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Force at Canberra Stadium on July 11, 2014 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will go into the Super Rugby season with co-captains for the first time in the club's history, with Stephen Moore and Christian Lealiifano to team up in a leadership duo.

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Brumbies set for new leadership structure as Rory Arnold gears for giant twin battle

Chris Dutton The Brumbies will unveil a new leadership structure on Friday as Rory Arnold prepares to play against his twin brother.

Brumbies' Stephen Larkham tinkers with Matt Toomua-Christian Lealiifano combo

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham is still deciding whether Matt Toomua or Christian Lealiifano will wear the No. 10 jersey this year.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are searching for a perfect 10, but coach Stephen Larkham is banking on a two-man interchangeable combination to help unlock the team's attacking genius this year.

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Super Rugby: Nigel Ah Wong has need for speed as he focuses on Brumbies future

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have turned to a World Cup sprint coach in the search for speed.

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James Dargaville to turn Henry Speight's Olympic dream into a Super Rugby chance

James Dargaville scores a try for the Brumbies during the 2015 season.

Chris Dutton One man's Olympic Games dream is another's Super Rugby opportunity. At least that's how James Dargaville is approaching his second ACT Brumbies season and a chance to fill Henry Speight's shoes.

Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins signs with Australian Sevens team for Olympic Games

Who wouldn't want Nick Cummins' mop?

Chris Dutton Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins signs with Australian Sevens team for Rio Olympic Games bid

Brumbies hope Canberra's international flights open doors to Super Rugby success

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies hope mooted international flights in and out of Canberra gives them the upper hand in tackling the revamped Super Rugby draw as well as cutting their travel time in half.

Brumbies chase big names as Waratahs sign Wycliff Palu on a $50,000 bargain

Wycliff Palu will make a come back for the Waratahs on an extended player squad contract.

Chris Dutton The NSW Waratahs landed one of the best bargain buys in Super Rugby history on Monday.

Brumbies' touching tribute to Robbie Abel's family after death of nephew

The Brumbies paused pre-season training to pay tribute to Robbie Abel's nephew and family.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies stepped away from their title ambitions to pay a touching tribute to a teammate on Monday.

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Tom Cusack reunites with Australian sevens coach Andy Friend

Australian sevens player Tom Cusack.

Chris Dutton Tom Cusack hopes his new Australian sevens coach isn't one to hold grudges.