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Chris Dutton is a sporters reporter at The Canberra Times.

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Smith to bring the 'big plays' against Lions: Pocock

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02:  George Smith warms up during an Australian Wallabies training session at St Joseph's, Hunter's Hill on July 2, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Injured Wallabies skipper David Pocock has backed returning legend George Smith to have an immediate impact against the British and Irish Lions and insists his ability to ‘‘make the big plays’’ give...

Smith leads charge in Wallabies line-up

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02:  George Smith stretches during an Australian Wallabies training session at St Joseph's, Hunter's Hill on July 2, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Australian legend George Smith headlines a list of seven ACT Brumbies players named in the Wallabies team to chase a series victory against the British and Irish Lions in Sydney on Saturday night.

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Glory beckons for Smith in Test

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 12:  George Smith of the Brumbies runs past Brad Thorn of the Highlanders during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Brumbies at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton George Smith's remarkable international comeback to the No.7 jersey is a selection masterstroke.

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Brumbies won't stand in White's way if top job at Wallabies comes along

Jake White

Chris Dutton The Brumbies will clear the way for coach Jake White to pursue the Wallabies' top job if it becomes available, declaring he will be free to apply despite having two years remaining on his Super Rugby...

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Brumbies give White rep nod

Sport;  Brumbies consultant coach George Gregan and coach Jake White at training at Brumbies HQ in Griffiths.  16 April 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will clear the way for coach Jake White to pursue the Wallabies' top job if it becomes available.

All-action strategy to finish brutal series full of running

George Smith

Chris Dutton, Paul Cully The Wallabies will target the breakdown and the lungs of the British and Irish Lions after handing George Smith a recall to the starting line-up and naming Ben McCalman and Michael Hooper on the...

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He's back - Smith tipped to give Wallabies winning edge

George Smith

Georgina Robinson, Chris Dutton Four years after playing his last Test, the indestructible George Smith is poised to lift Australia to a series win over the British and Irish Lions in Sydney on Saturday.

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Kuridrani re-signs with Brumbies

Sport.  ACT Brumbies vs Hurricanes.  ACT Brumbies player Tevita Kuridrani hits the ground after loosing his footing as he charged for the try line during the match at Canberra Stadium.  31 May 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have beaten cashed-up European clubs to re-sign Tevita Kuridrani until the end of 2015.

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Smith to return for Wallabies-Lions decider

George Smith

Chris Dutton and Paul Cully Western Force back-rower Ben McCalman is the surprise inclusion in the Wallabies' 23-man squad for the third Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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Rookie makes mighty impact

Sport.  Wests rugby union player Tim Small from Ireland all ready to play this weekend after missing last week's game cause he was in Brisbane watching the British and Irish Lions play the Wallabies.   27 June 2013 Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan

Chris Dutton Wests star Tim Small is channelling the British and Irish Lions to make sure he ends his Canberra stint with a premiership.

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Alexander's half-century only a pit stop

Ben Alexander.

Chris Dutton Wallabies prop Ben Alexander hopes the biggest game of his life will kick-start the most successful period of his career.

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Sharni goes for gold

Sport: Former Canberra mechanic, Sharni WIlliams has been named the Australian Women's Sevens Rugby Captain. 6th of May 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Chris Dutton Sharni Williams hopes rugby union can deliver her the Olympic gold medal hockey couldn't.

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Tomane kicks gold jersey curse

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05:  Joseph Tomane of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Hunter Stadium on June 5, 2012 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies winger Joseph Tomane is ready to rekindle his schoolboy and Melbourne Storm partnership with Israel Folau.

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Neck break puts McCabe year on hold

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24:  Pat McCabe, Wycliff Palu and David Pocock of the Wallabies look on during an Australian Wallabies training session at Visy Park on June 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Pat McCabe's rugby career hangs in the balance after he broke his neck for the second time in eight months.

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Brumbies lose McCabe for rest of season

==Pat McCabe, Wycliff Palu and David Pocock of the Wallabies look on during an Australian Wallabies training session at Visy Park on June 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies back Pat McCabe will miss the rest of the season.

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Brumbies still hope McCabe will return

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22:  Pat McCabe of the Wallabies is stretchered off the field during the First Test match between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies remain hopeful Pat McCabe will play again this season.

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Mogg is in for the long haul

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24:  Jesse Mogg of the Wallabies runs during an Australian Wallabies training session at Visy Park on June 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Test rookie Jesse Mogg has declared he is ready to help the Wallabies resurrect their series against the Lions.

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McCabe faces battle to regain 'invincibility'

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24:  Pat McCabe, Wycliff Palu and David Pocock of the Wallabies look on during an Australian Wallabies training session at Visy Park on June 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Former NRL hard man Gorden Tallis has warned Pat McCabe he faces the biggest challenge of his career to return from a neck injury and recapture the "invincibility" required to stay at the top.

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Wallabies face a war of mental toughness: White

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Jake White, the Brumbies head coach looks on during the International tour match between the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium on June 18, 2013 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton World Cup-winning coach Jake White has backed the British and Irish Lions to capitalise on their first-Test momentum and claim a series victory against the Wallabies.

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Slow starter Coleman helps Whites come in from cold

Chris Dutton Robbie Coleman scored two tries to help end five weeks of heartbreak for the Queanbeyan Whites.