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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Wallabies will be 'normal' when Kurtley Beale arrives, says coach Michael Cheika

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is confident his team will be “normal” when Kurtley Beale joins them in Ireland, but will resist any temptation to rush the troubled star into the starting...

Michael Cheika queries role of big screen replays after Wallabies defeat to France

Vision impaired: No big screen replay of an incident involving Saia Fainga'a was available to referee Nigel Owens

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has queried the role of the television match official and big screen video replays after confusion caught Australia off-guard in Paris.

Wallabies ready to embrace Kurtley Beale as he rejoins squad in Dublin

Bubbly: Kurtley Beale's 'enthusiasm' is seen as a boost to the tourists

Chris Dutton Wallabies players adamant Kurtly Beale has nothing to prove to them when he joins the team in camp after a turbulent six weeks.

French outmuscle Wallabies in tense Paris Test

French celebrations after the final whistle.

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika lamented unacceptable errors after his team stuttered and stumbled its way to the first defeat of its spring tour of Europe.

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Michael Cheika punts on Kurtley Beale redemption

Opportunity knocks: Kurtley Beale at Sydney Airport before flying out to join the Wallabies on their spring tour.

Chris Dutton & Alex Rowe Michael Cheika said he would have been playing politics had he not recalled Kurtley Beale, and has backed the controversial star to ‘‘redeem’’ himself on the team’s...

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IRB to consider World Cup mobile phone ban to protect game against match-fixing

Wary of the threat of betting: IRB boss Brett Gosper.

Chris Dutton The International Rugby Board will consider banning players from using mobile phones before games at the World Cup next year to protect the game against corruption and claims of match-fixing.

Bill Pulver the man to lead Australian rugby forward, says IRB boss

Chris Dutton International Rugby Board boss Brett Gosper has backed under-fire ARU chief executive Bill Pulver as the man to lead Australia forward, describing him as "astute" and "innovative".

Freedom and respect key to Wallabies' conduct: Michael Cheika

Back in the fold: Kurtley Beale is returning to the Wallabies squad.

Chris Dutton New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is putting his faith in a code of conduct system based on respect that puts the responsibility on his players to behave without having to sign a list of team rules.

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Michael Cheika backs Kurtley Beale to redeem himself in Europe after refusing to 'play politics'


Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he would have been playing politics had he not recalled Kurtley Beale.

Jake Schatz forgotten man as Kurtley Beale overshadows his Wallabies call-up

Chris Dutton Queensland hard man Jake Schatz is the forgotten man of the surprise Wallabies call-ups, but Test coach Michael Cheika is adamant he will have a huge impact on the team's European tour.

Krisnan Inu trains with Wallabies and uses Jarryd Hayne as motivation for rugby switch

Inu and Hayne

Chris Dutton Two boys from Minto on opposite sides of the world chasing the dreams they talked about as housing commission kids: Krisnan Inu says Jarryd Hayne's switch to the NFL has added motivation to his...

ARU eligibility rules makes Wallabies more attractive to rich European clubs

Chris Dutton Cross-code superstar Israel Folau tops the French rugby wish list of Wallabies players as rich clubs prepare to swoop after the World Cup.

Kurtley Beale to rejoin Wallabies in Ireland after squad recall

In limbo: Kurtley Beale's contract will expire before the end of the year.

Chris Dutton Controversial Wallaby Kurtley Beale will make a mad dash to Ireland to meet the Wallabies, recalled to the Test squad just a month after his text-message scandal.

James Horwill vows to make most of chance as Wallabies toughen up for France

James Horwill vows to make the most of his second chance.

Chris Dutton Former Test captain James Horwill has vowed to make the most of his second chance in the Wallabies starting side and threw his support behind Michael Hooper as the Wallabies skipper.

Michael Cheika keeps Wallabies on their toes to create 'rock solid' defence

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika at training in Paris.

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is prepared to concede a few tries to make sure the team's defensive system is "rock solid" in the future.

Michael Cheika likes to be the boss, says former Stade Francais president Max Guazzini

Chris Dutton The eccentric businessman who recruited Michael Cheika to Stade Francais has no doubt the coach can be successful at the Wallabies because he "likes to be the boss".

Adam Ashley-Cooper puts France move aside to focus on Wallabies goals

Keeping the dream alive: Ashley-Cooper in action against Wales last weekend.

Chris Dutton Wallabies veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper has shelved plans for a rich move to France next year, to instead chase an Australian rugby fairytale send-off and a World Cup dream.

Former Wallabies captain James Horwill earns starting recall for French contest

Former Wallabies captain James Horwill has earned just his second start in nine Tests.

Chris Dutton His great grandfather fought on the Western Front in World War I and captured 14 enemy soldiers but former Wallabies captain James Horwill faces a different task when he plays against France on...

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Coalminer Josh Mann-Rea rides journey to Wallabies and World Cup dream

World Cup dream: Josh Mann-Rea.

Chris Dutton Rugby was the last thing on Josh Mann-Rea's mind when he was 500 metres underground putting roof bolts and supports in the Illawarra coalmines.

Pierre Camou calls for calm over Scott Spedding: The South African rugby player who has divided France


Chris Dutton French rugby president Pierre Camou has called for calm after fullback Scott Spedding made his Test debut last weekend.

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