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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sporters reporter at The Canberra Times.

Rugby Union

ACT Brumbies' Matt Toomua tackles doubts head on

Chris Dutton Matt Toomua admits just 12 months ago he was consumed by self-doubt and a fear he “wasn’t good enough” for Super Rugby.


Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham gets gig as waterboy

Stephen Larkham The Waterboy

Chris Dutton Brumbies mentor Stephen Larkham will use a loophole to become the first Super Rugby coach to double as a waterboy.

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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.


Josh Mann-Rea's long wait finally over

SPORT: Brumbies player Josh Mann-Rea .   22nd October 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Chris Dutton Brumbies 32-year-old rookie Josh Mann-Rea says he'll ''work my butt off'' to help the Brumbies chase a championship.


Morgan hopes rugby tour is just the start

Sport.  St Edmund's College rugby captain Keith Morgan is about to leave for the Australian Schoolboys Tour of the UK and Ireland.  He is proud of his indigenous heritage and hopes to break into the Brumbies squad.   6 November 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton St Edmund's College star Keith Morgan is banking on the Australian Schoolboys tour of Europe to launch his Super Rugby dreams.


Five key questions for Brumbies fans after Ben Mowen's decision

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Chris Dutton The questions Brumbies fans want answered after Ben Mowen's shock decision.

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Toomua keen to stay ACT's top 10

Brumbies player Matt Toomua in action against the Cheetahs at Canberra Stadium
The Canberra Times
21 July 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Chris Dutton Brumbies star Matt Toomua has revealed his desire to become the ACT's long-term flyhalf.

Halves the key to new golden age

SPORT: Qualifying final at Canberra Stadium, Bruce.  Brumbies v Cheetahs. Brumbies player Matt Toomua in action. 21st JULY 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Chris Dutton Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has backed Matt Toomua and Nic White to start a new golden age for the Brumbies.

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New breed of Brumbies thrive on the road

NEWS/SPORT:  Brumbies players arrive at Canberra airport after their win in South Africa. Brumbies player Stephen Moore with his son Theodore . 29th JULY 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have no fear of winning the Super Rugby title on the road and will use their imposing away record as inspiration to claim the championship.

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Familiar foe for Norton-Knight

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Chris Dutton He was once the heir to ACT Brumbies great Stephen Larkham's throne but Sam Norton-Knight is returning to Canberra as an enemy determined to cause a major boilover on Saturday night.

Force to be reckoned with against Brumbies, says Norton-Knight

Sam Norton-Knight

Chris Dutton He was once the heir to Brumbies great Stephen Larkham's throne, but Sam Norton-Knight is returning to Canberra as an enemy determined to cause a boilover on Saturday night.

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Brumbies look to revive glory days of code's great rivalry

Super 12 Final at Canberra Stadium,Canberra ACT.  Brumbies V Crusaders.  Image shows Brumbies celebrate after their win.  Fairfax. 22 May 2004.  Photo by SIMON ALEKNA. ***FDCTRANSFER***

Chris Dutton They were rugby's dominant teams a decade ago, contesting three finals in five years.


The home truths Lealiifano needed to hear

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14:  Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies in action during the round eight Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Rebels at Canberra Stadium on April 14, 2012 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton, in South Africa A confronting pre-season truth session with Laurie Fisher provided the spark Christian Lealiifano needed to become one of the ACT Brumbies' most influential leaders.


Deans and McCabe give thumbs-up to Scotland Test

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies coach Jake White has given the all-clear for Robbie Deans to select his players for the opening Test of the season, declaring, ''Whatever he needs, I will give him.''


White to scout for playing venues

Chris Dutton Jake White will embark on an international search to find a place where the ACT Brumbies can play during the off-season to ensure their rapid development continues beyond the end of the Super Rugby...


Brumbies try, try and try again to bring rugby back to its running roots with six of the best

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Chris Dutton RUNNING rugby is back and the ACT Brumbies hope their try-scoring spree over the past three weeks earns their attack the respect they have been craving.


Ashley-Cooper's ready for 'home-coming'

Chris Dutton The new generation ACT Brumbies are reaping the rewards of a pre-season ''overhaul'' and the changes Jake White has made needed to happen for the two-time champions to move into the future, Adam...


Desperate White woos Larkham

30 April  2012,   Canberra Times photo by RICHARD BRIGGS,  Brumbies vice -captain  Stephen Moore and backs coach Stephen Larkham at Brumbies HQ in Griffith.

Chris Dutton Jake White believes Stephen Larkham can make a comeback to be the ACT Brumbies' flyhalf saviour and the coach says he ''would be crazy'' if he didn't try to lure the Wallabies great out of retirement.

Brumbies coach in bold plan to lure Larkham out of retirement

Stephen Larkham

Chris Dutton JAKE WHITE believes Stephen Larkham can make a comeback to be the ACT Brumbies five-eighth saviour, and the coach says he ''would be crazy'' if he didn't try to lure the Wallabies great out of...

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Larkham: Why I won't return to Brumbies

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Chris Dutton Wallabies great Stephen Larkham admits he ''would love one more crack'' at Super Rugby but is adamant the ACT Brumbies are best served with him calling the shots as the back-line coach.