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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Rugby Union

Brumbies relieved after Matt Toomua cleared to play Stormers

Injury scare ... Matt Toomua.

Chris Dutton Matt Toomua will take on the Stormers on Saturday after overcoming a thigh injury.


Stephen Moore unmoved by Wallabies' captain debate, urges Brumbies to use finals desperation against Bulls

Contender: Stephen Moore is focused on the Brumbies' Super Rugby campaign and not the Wallabies.

Chris Dutton Australian Wallabies and ACT Brumbies correct hooker Stephen Moore is unfazed by the Test captaincy debate and will instead channel his energy into Super Rugby finals "desperation".


Brumbies bullish on Japanese recruit Harumichi Tatekawa

HIGASHIOSAKA, JAPAN - JUNE 08:  Harumichi Tatekawa of Japan is tackled during the Japan v Wales international friendly match at Hanazono Field on June 8, 2013 in Higashiosaka, Japan.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) HIGASHIOSAKA, JAPAN - JUNE 08: Harumichi Tatekawa of Japan is tackled during the Japan v Wales international friendly match at Hanazono Field on June 8, 2013 in Higashiosaka, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Harumichi Tatekawa is not just making up the numbers for the ACT, writes Chris Dutton.

Rugby Union

Brumbies' Japanese recruit Harumichi Tatekawa a trailblazer

Sport.   ACT Brumbies new recruit Harumichi Tatekawa backs up player Jack Wheeton during training at the University of Canberra.  23 January 2014.  Canberra Times photo Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton He is the first Asian recruit in the ACT Brumbies' history and Harumichi Tatekawa is confident he can overcome the language barrier to set a trend of Japanese players joining Super Rugby.

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Durban Sharks job a dream for White

SPORT: Brumbies coach Jake White during training at Brumbies HQ, Griffith.  8th JULY 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Chris Dutton Jake White has gloated he has got his ''dream'' job in South Africa after walking out on the Brumbies.


No coach, no worries: Brumby

Sport.  ACT Brumbies player Clyde Rathbone during training at Brumbies HQ.  19 July 2013 Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan

Chris Dutton ACT Brumby Clyde Rathbone says the players have ''no issue'' starting pre-season training without a head coach.

Rugby Union

Post-White Brumbies go back to work

Stephen Larkham coaches Brumbies in the absence of Jake White.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will use the first day of pre-season training to move on from the Jake White saga and take the first step to ''raising the bar'' as they chase an elusive Super Rugby championship.

Rugby Union

Support flows for 'perfectionist' Jones

CAPE TOWN,  SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 9:  Eddie Jones, the Australian Coach watches his players during Australian Rugby Union training at Westerford School, July 9, 2003, in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Former Wallabies and Brumbies coach Eddie Jones is a ''perfectionist'' who has built a career on an unbeatable work ethic and passion to succeed, Australian great Stephen Larkham says.


Brumbies in bid to keep players

Stephen Larkham.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies face the challenge of retaining at least five Wallabies players in the coming weeks.


Wallabies' cycle of injury not on: Jones

SPORT -   Brumbies player David Pocock during a training session at  Brumbies HQ Grffith ,  Canberra.
30th October 2012
Photo : Colleen Petch

Chris Dutton Former Test coach Eddie Jones has called for the end of a ''vicious cycle'' running stars into the ground and has urged the Wallabies to protect players like David Pocock by developing a ''yearly...

Rugby Union

Brumbies snare former NRL coach Brian Smith

Brian Smith.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have successfully landed a cross-code blow, securing former NRL coach Brian Smith as a consultant coach for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

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Double ACT back together

Matt Toomua.

Chris Dutton Eddie Jones backs Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano to become one of the best playmaker combinations in Super Rugby.


Cooper has to cope with pressure

Quade Cooper

Chris Dutton It's time for Quade Cooper to put up or shut up says Brumbies great Rod Kafer.


Smith can lead ACT to a title

George Smith.

Chris Dutton Eddie Jones is convinced George Smith can be a potential championship-winning recruit for the ACT Brumbies.


Smith refuses to rule out a return to the Wallabies

Rugby Wallabies Flanker George Smith retires today to be with family ,Friday 5th February 2010, Pictures STEVE CHRISTO SMH Sport/News SPECIAL 00121796

Chris Dutton Wallabies great George Smith will consider a return to Test rugby if coach Robbie Deans asks the flanker to make a comeback for the British and Irish Lions tour.

Smith follows his heart back home

George Smith during his first training session back with the Brumbies on Friday morning at Viking park in Wanniassa. 
1 March 2013.
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra times.


Chris Dutton Brumbies great George Smith says it's premature to talk about a potential Wallabies comeback.

Back with his beloved Brumbies, Smith refuses to look past final fling as cheer squad urges Wallabies recall

George Smith

Chris Dutton BRUMBIES great George Smith says it is premature to talk about a potential Wallabies comeback despite Robbie Deans getting an up-close look at his first training session in Australia since 2010.


Smith not on Deans' radar

George Smith during Brumbies training in Griffith
The Canberra Times
07 March 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says he won't contemplate luring George Smith back to Test rugby.


Not all agree but Smith not on Test radar, says Deans


Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Robbie Deans expects George Smith to form a ''potent'' combination with David Pocock at the Brumbies but says he won't contemplate luring Smith back to Test rugby.


Suntory ties may help Brumbies keep Smith for finals tilt

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 23:  George Smith of the Brumbies in action during the Super Rugby round six match between DHL Stormers and Brumbies at Newlands on March 23, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo Luigi Bennett / Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies may have inadvertently enhanced their chances of retaining star George Smith for the remainder of the Super Rugby campaign by strengthening their bond with his Japanese club.