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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Rugby World Cup 2015: David Pocock bruised but ready for his moment in history

Chris Dutton David Pocock might be the only Wallaby who has never played in a professional grand final, but the chance to take a slice of history isn't lost on arguably the World Cup's most influential man.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies mix up schedule to stay fresh for All Blacks clash

Chris Dutton The saying goes don't tinker with a winning formula, but the Wallabies are confident their final-week shake-up will give them the best chance of lifting the World Cup on the weekend.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies unfazed by poor record under referee Nigel Owens

Off you go: Nigel Owens bins Quade Cooper in Auckland.

Chris Dutton LONDON: They've got a miserable winning record when Nigel Owens has the whistle, but the Wallabies have lauded the man in charge of the World Cup final as "the best ref in the world".

Rugby World Cup final 2015: Patty Mills brings Wallabies gold to NBA season with San Antonio Spurs

Chris Dutton The last thing NBA championship-winner Patrick Mills did before leaving Australia was buy a Wallabies jersey.

Rugby World Cup Final 2015: David Pocock's two black eyes focused on Richie McCaw

Taking it one day at a time: Pocock.

Chris Dutton Australia's back-row linchpin David Pocock is trying to avoid snoring this week and is sporting two black eyes and a crooked nose after a brutal World Cup semi-final.

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Rugby World Cup final 2015: All smiles for Wallabies selfie as they prepare for decider

Chris Dutton They're the big happy Wallabies family of jokers, posers, veterans and humanitarians trying to win back respect for Australian rugby and now their mission is to bring back Bill.

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Rugby World Cup final 2015: Michael Cheika tells Wallabies don't settle for second place

Not biting: Michael Cheika.

Chris Dutton Don't settle for anything less than the World Cup. That's Michael Cheika's message.

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Rugby World Cup final 2015: Izzy Folau out of form? Wallabies back him to star against All Blacks

In the swim: Israel Folau takes part in a Wallabies recovery session.

Chris Dutton New Zealand can say whatever they like about Israel Folau, but Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed the cross-code superstar to prove his doubters wrong in the World Cup final.

Rugby World Cup final 2015: Wallabies plug defensive holes to avoid New Zealand scramble

Opening try: Rob Simmons races through to score.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies will try to fix their defensive gaps to ensure they don't need to rely on scrambling to win the World Cup this weekend.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies back-row warriors lift Australia into World Cup final

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between Argentina and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton They left the field as bloodied warriors, but the Wallabies' back-row combination looms as one of Australia's biggest weapons as they chase World Cup glory against New Zealand.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies scrum set for biggest test as Scott Sio tries to beat clock

All fall down: Australia collapse a scrum during the match against Argentina at Twickenham.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies' scrum will face its biggest challenge of the World Cup as it fights for redemption against defending champion New Zealand and sweats on the fitness of prop Scott Sio.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies spill blood to make World Cup final against All Blacks

Bloodied: David Pocock.

Chris Dutton You only needed to look at the blood streaming from David Pocock's nose and smeared across his face to know the Wallabies will be battered and bruised as they prepare for a World Cup final.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Drew Mitchell's stunning run marred by forward pass questions

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  Drew Mitchell of Australia breaks the challenge of Julian Montoya (c) and Santiago Cordero (r) of Argentina on the way to setting up Adam Ashley-Cooper (not pictured) to score Australia's 4th try of the game during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between Argentina and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell ran past almost the entire Argentina defensive line to set up the try that sent Australia into the World Cup final. But was his final pass forward?

Henry Speight says players will suffer if World Rugby changes three-year eligibility

Chris Dutton LONDON: Wallabies winger Henry Speight has urged World Rugby to make players the No.1 priority as it considers changing its controversial three-year Test eligibility rule, fearing individuals...

Rugby World Cup 2015: Sweeping changes as Wallabies' unsung men clean up in support

Awesome:Henry Speight (centre) meets Queen Elizabeth II with South Africa's Bryan Habana (right) and Victor Matfield at Buckingham Palace.

Chris Dutton LONDON: You might not see them on the field as often as they would like, but meet the men behind the Wallabies' World Cup campaign who are making the difference behind the scenes.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies can turn Bernard Foley's kick into Stephen Larkham's drop-goal moment

Stephen Larkham pictured with George Gregan and Matt Giteau in 2007.

Chris Dutton Stephen Larkham gets his hands on the ball 48 metres out and launches into a drop goal attempt that is etched in World Cup history.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Bob Dwyer disgusted with Craig Joubert treatment as Wallabies break free of past

Controversial: Referee Craig Joubert speaks to Australia's captain Stephen Moore.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies are ready to break free of the controversy that has followed them all week and prove to the world they deserve their place in the semi-final at Twickenham.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies say they can't rely on David Pocock and Israel Folau

Late inclusion: Israel Folau is set to play.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies have vowed to take the pressure off returning duo Israel Folau and David Pocock.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Can the Wallabies win without David Pocock?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08:  David Pocock of the Wallabies looks on with a cut left eye during The Rugby Championship match between the Australia Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton LONDON: He's been described as the World Cup's "most influential player", but can the Wallabies make it to the final and lift the Webb Ellis Cup if David Pocock isn't playing?

Rugby World Cup 2015: Almost bombing out of World Cup can lift Wallabies to be champions, says Bob Dwyer

Fronting up: James Slipper is likely to start in the semi-final against Argentina if prop Scott Sio fails to recover from his elbow injury.

Chris Dutton The moment the Wallabies almost bombed out of the World Cup is the same moment that can help them win the tournament.

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