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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Rugby World Cup 2015 final: Michael Cheika slams 'disingenuous' spying

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has slammed the "disingenuous" actions of a photographer that exposed Australia's World Cup final tactics on the eve of the high-stakes clash against New Zealand.

Rugby World Cup 2015 final: Dan Carter gets fitting end to All Blacks career

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Conrad Smith of New Zealand, Dan Carter of New Zealand and Kieran Read of New Zealand during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton It was the stage fit for a hero and Dan Carter stepped up for New Zealand as the champion playmaker erased the injury heartbreak of missing the All Blacks' victory four years ago.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: David Pocock, Michael Hooper nominated for player of the year while England snubbed

Nominated: David Pocock and Michael Hooper.

Chris Dutton The world player of the year selection panel has added further misery to England's dour World Cup campaign, snubbing the host nation's stars for the top individual gong in world rugby.

Rugby World Cup final 2015: What the match means to the Wallabies

Chasing glory: The Wallabies have a chance to make World Cup history this weekend when they face arch-rivals New Zealand in the final.

Chris Dutton Every Wallabies player has their own story to tell about making the final against the All Blacks.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Scott Sio makes remarkable recovery from dislocated elbow for final

Painful: Scott Sio leaves the field against Scotland at Twickenham.

Chris Dutton Scott Sio's arm was hanging limp and his World Cup dreams dangled close to disaster after dislocating his elbow just two weeks ago.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies won't settle for pride against All Blacks as they chase glory

Face the press: Michael Cheika speaks to the media at The Lensbury Hotel.

Chris Dutton The phones of Wallabies players have been lighting up ahead of the World Cup final and the messages have all been the same from family, friends and supporters back in Australia.

Rugby World Cup Final 2015: The key clashes between the All Blacks and Wallabies

Chris Dutton The vital match-ups in Sunday morning's showdwon

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Rugby World Cup 2015: The risk that started Scott Fardy's rise to Wallabies gold

Unsung hero: Scott Fardy.

Chris Dutton Scott Fardy did not have the looks, athleticism or speed. That is why he was overlooked by every team in Australia for more than a decade.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Michael Cheika calls in Wallabies big guns for last-minute inspiration

Together as one: The Wallabies pose for their team photo.

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika called on the power of the most-capped Australian player to provide the last-minute inspiration to his World Cup warriors.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Joe Roff's message for Wallabies winger Adam Ashley-Cooper - 'be a big game hunter'

Chris Dutton Be a big-game hunter. That was Joe Roff's advice to Adam Ashley-Cooper when he called him to deliver the news that he'd been picked in the Wallabies' World Cup squad.

Rugby World Cup final 2015: Wallabies v All Blacks - Michael Cheika chokes on his own words

Michael Cheika uttered the words 'All Blacks' and made a choking gesture.

Chris Dutton The All Blacks spirit has finally made Michael Cheika choke on his words and he's seeing ghosts.

Rugby World Cup Final 2015: Scott Sio gets chance to rewrite family history in injury comeback

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  Scott Sio of Australia (r) stretches with the help of Israel Folau of Australia during a training session at the Lensbury Hotel on October 21, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Scott Sio has a chance to rewrite family history after being cleared of an elbow injury to start for the Wallabies in the World Cup final.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Wallabies' NFL-style restarts will test All Blacks

Australia's Bernard Foley scores a penalty during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, London, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Chris Dutton It's the gridiron-style tactic from Michael Cheika's bag of tricks that has got the World Cup talking and it looms as a Wallabies weapon for the final.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Talk is cheap for Wallabies captain Stephen Moore as he chases title

Natural leader: Stephen Moore.

Chris Dutton Stephen Moore knew when he took the Wallabies' captaincy that it was time for action, not cheap talk or bold statements.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Bernard Foley wants to inspire new generation of Wallabies

Key player: Bernard Foley.

Chris Dutton Bernard Foley got up in the middle of the night 16 years ago to watch the Wallabies win the World Cup and spark the inspiration for his rugby career.

Rugby World Cup Final 2015 Live: Wallabies vs All Blacks

Rugby World Cup Final 2015 Live: Wallabies vs All Blacks

Chris Dutton Follow our full live coverage of the Rugby World Cup final as the Wallabies take on the All Blacks.

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Michael Cheika v Richie McCaw - Will Super Rugby history repeat?

Bloodied and beaten: Crusaders veteran Richie McCaw after conceding the crucial late penalty to the Waratahs.

Chris Dutton LONDON: The last-time a Michael Cheika-led team squared off against Richie McCaw and Dan Carter in a grand final, the NSW Waratahs made history.

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

Final showdown: Battered and bruised David Pocock is trying to keep his emotions in check leading into the World Cup final

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".