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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Welsh coach Warren Gatland rubbishes suggestion Wallabies are 'vulnerable'

Chris Dutton Wales coach Warren Gatland fears the Wallabies will thrive on recent controversies to make their spring tour a success, rubbishing the suggesting Australia is vulnerable.

Time for Wallabies to 'pull their fingers out': David Campese

Call-up: Sean McMahon tries to make a break against the Barbarians last weekend.

Chris Dutton Wallabies great David Campese has called for players to "pull their fingers out" and use the spring tour of Europe to get their World Cup hopes back on track.


Laurie Fisher sees merit in Michael Cheika's plan for Australian Wallabies

Outgoing Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher.

Chris Dutton Laurie Fisher has backed Michael Cheika's plan for greater collaboration in Australian rugby.

James Slipper braces for 'epic' battle as Wallabies face Wales in World Cup rehearsal

Chris Dutton He is a former five-eighth trapped inside a prop's body, but James Slipper is ready to embrace Cheika's power game plan.

Sean McMahon to make Wallabies debut

Test rookie: Sean McMahon completes a meteoric rise after being named for his first Test.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies will throw young gun Sean McMahon to the Welsh Dragons when the youngest player in the Australian squad makes his Test debut on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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Wallabies star Israel Folau says Michael Cheika is 'exactly what we need'

Israel Folau, left, has given Michael Cheika his seal of approval as Wallabies coach.

Chris Dutton Wallabies fullback Israel Folau says he’d love to be coached by NRL guru Wayne Bennett, admitting he faces an agonising choice over his sporting future in the next 12 months.

Christian Lealiifano ready to break the shackles after shedding kicking responsibilities

Christian Leali'fano

Chris Dutton Christian Lealiifano hopes relinquishing the goal-kicking duties can help him break the shackles.

Israel Folau says Michael Cheika appointment 'positive' for his rugby future

Chris Dutton Wallabies superstar Israel Folau admits Michael Cheika's presence as Test coach could influence his next career move.

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Wallabies lock Rob Simmons hopes to stand tall in tough times

Moving on from Beale: The Wallabies' Rob Simmons.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies are sick of talking about Kurtley Beale and at a time when Australian rugby desperately needs role models, lock Rob Simmons wants to stand tall and be an inspiration for a generation of...

George North hoping Wales can lift game to finally stop Wallabies

Chris Dutton He famously manhandled the most prized possession of Australian rugby when he carried Israel Folau on his back, but powerful Welsh winger George North has just one thing on his mind – ending...

Wallabies will work to win back fans, say players

Building trust: Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu faces the media in Cardiff.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies believe they can earn back the trust of the Australian rugby public with ruthless honesty, promising to build a new culture to repair the damage of a drama-filled month.


Axed Wallabies captain James Horwill makes quick transition to Michael Cheika's vision

Workhorse: James Horwill was singled out for praise by new coach Michael Cheika.

Chris Dutton Former Wallabies skipper James Horwill is set to breathe new life into his Test career more than a year after he was axed as Australian captain.

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Wallabies get angry in bid to beat Wales

Chris Dutton The Wallabies have been told to get angry as they prepare for the first Test of their European tour.

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Wallabies call-up Sean McMahon cancels Mexican holiday to be on cusp of dream debut

Sean McMahon of Australia breaks with the ball against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium.

Chris Dutton Wallabies rooke Sean McMahon ready for Test call-up after cancelling holiday to join spring tour.

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Nick Cummins' eye-catching efforts remind Wallabies what they're missing

On the burst: Nick Cummins breaks clear to lead the Barbarians fightback.

Chris Dutton Former Wallabies winger Nick Cummins hopes his eye-catching performance for the Barbarians helps revive his World Cup hopes.

Wallabies hang on to beat Barbarians at Twickenham to start Michael Cheika's tenure with a win

Just short: skipper Matt Hodgson reaches out to score, but falls.

Chris Dutton The Wallabies finally have something to smile about after a turbulent month on and off the field, beating the Barbarians 40-36 to kick-start the Michael Cheika era with a win.

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Ex-Waratah Kane Douglas to stay in Ireland despite Michael Cheika coaching Wallabies

Kane Douglas (L) in action for Leinster last month.

Chris Dutton NSW Waratahs championship winner Kane Douglas says he will not backflip on a deal in Ireland to revive his World Cup dream, despite close mentor Michael Cheika taking over the Wallabies coaching job.


Quade Cooper urges Kurtley Beale to learn from his mistakes

Quade Cooper

Chris Dutton Recalled Test star Quade Cooper has urged Kurtley Beale to learn from his off-field troubles, adding he turned his career around to be a role model to his brothers.

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Fatherhood changes Wallabies captain Matt Hodgson's career and life

Baa Baas and babies: New Wallabies captain Matt Hodgson training in London.

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.