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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

George Gregan and Michael Hooper agree Wallabies can win World Cup

Chris Dutton Wallabies great George Gregan and captain Michael Hooper are united in the belief Australia can win the World Cup in England next year.

Wallabies have rediscovered some mongrel in Europe, says former coach Eddie Jones

Chris Dutton The last Wallabies coach to lose three Tests on a spring tour of Europe insists Australia has rediscovered “old fashion mongrel” and can be a World Cup contender next year.

Rob Horne moves on from injury-riddled past to forge new Wallabies path

Chris Dutton Recalled Wallaby Rob Horne wants to move on from his injury troubled past to forge a new path as a Test winger and is determined to make the most of his chance at Twickenham.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika brought to tears by Phillip Hughes' death

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was brought to tears by news of Phillip Hughes' death but hopes his passing does not turn into a debate about the dangers of playing sport.

Wallabies devastated at loss of Phillip Hughes as plans in place for England and Australia to pay tribute at Twickenham

'It's news that you never want to wake up to' ... Wallabies captain Michael Hooper, centre, on the loss of Phillip Hughes.

Chris Dutton The shock that hit the Australian sporting world when Phillip Hughes died has left the Wallabies shattered before the last Test of their European spring tour.

Michael Cheika flags plans to lure Will Skelton's super-sized brother Cameron back to Australia

Cameron Skelton playing for Samoa.

Chris Dutton Wallabies and Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has an ambitious plan to form the biggest second-row sibling combination in Super Rugby history by luring Cameron Skelton back to Sydney.

Rob Horne gets Wallabies call as Michael Cheika continues to experiment

Rob Horne scoring the match-winning try for the Wallabies over South Africa.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies will persist with an experimentation plan to remove any guess work from their World Cup bid next year, with Rob Horne getting his opportunity to shine against England.

Wallabies prepared to pay bill for change rooms hole in wall in Ireland

Dejected: The Wallabies, led by skipper Michael Hooper, after the loss against Ireland.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies expect to be slapped with a repair bill and are prepared to pay the costs of fixing a hole in the wall at Lansdowne Road after the discovery of dressing room damage in Dublin.

Sam Carter trades farm chores for Wallabies World Cup dream

Sam Carter wants to increase his physicality with the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton Wallabies lock Sam Carter has swapped family farm chores for the chance to chase a World Cup dream, vowing to increase his physicality to fit into Michael Cheika's game plan.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika sends support to Phillip Hughes

Chris Dutton The shockwave that hit Australian cricket on Tuesday has made it all the way to England, with the touring Wallabies sending their well-wishes to Phillip Hughes in the wake of his sickening injury.

Wallabies aim for historic third World Cup win despite recent troubles

Chris Dutton A tumultuous international season has failed to dampen Australia's World Cup ambition, with vice-captain James Slipper declaring the Wallabies want to become the first team to win the tournament...

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Wallabies take long-term view with time running out in World Cup preparation

Wallaby trials: Adam Ashley-Cooper playing against Ireland last weekend.

Chris Dutton Australian vice-captain Adam Ashley-Cooper has backed potential Wallabies trial matches and mid Super Rugby season catch ups to ensure the team's World Cup campaign is not derailed next year.

Tevita Kuridrani out of England Test as Wallabies prepare for aerial assault

Injury blow: Tevita Kuridrani has been in outstanding form for the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton Tevita Kuridrani's breakout season is over after the barnstorming outside centre suffered an ankle injury against Ireland.

Wallabies told to keep faith in Michael Cheika's new plan despite losses

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has urged his players to keep the faith in their game plan transition, insisting he won't deviate from his vision for the team despite back to back losses.

Wallabies use painful memory as motivation for England Test

Matt Toomua

Chris Dutton The Wallabies will draw on the pain of losing to England at Twickenham last year and use it as extra motivation to finish their spring tour on a high this week.

Wallabies forwards urged to harden up ahead of England clash at Twickenham

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has called on his players to "harden right up" to shed the tag of being weak in the forwards as they face the biggest test of their spring tour next weekend.

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Kurtley Beale promises to become better player and person after Wallabies comeback

Work in progress: Kurtley Beale bid for redemption is ongoing.

Chris Dutton Kurtley Beale says his redemption mission is still a work in progress, promising to learn from mistakes and become a better player and person.

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Wallabies lose to Ireland as pressure mounts to avoid worst spring tour in nine years

Nick Phipps

Chris Dutton The Wallabies are in danger of slumping to their worst spring tour of Europe in almost a decade, but captain Michael Hooper is adamant the team is taking the right steps to rebuild its badly dented...

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South Sydney premiership winner Ben Te'o ready to prove he is serious about rugby

Ready to prove himself: Rabbitohs premiership-winner Ben Te'o.

Chris Dutton He has gone from NRL premiership winner to rugby rookie in less than a month, but Ben Te’o wants to prove he is serious about a cross-code switch as he pursues a childhood dream in Ireland.

Ben Mowen backs Wallabies leadership as former captain settles into France

Ben Mowen, on the 2013 Spring Tour with the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton Former Wallabies captain Ben Mowen is adamant Australia can be a World Cup contender, insisting the team’s “wealth of leadership experience” will strengthen its bid to lift the...