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Chris Dutton is a sporters reporter at The Canberra Times.

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ACT Brumbies' new boys get their chance in Queenstown against Otago Highlanders

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will use party capital Queenstown as the launching pad for their Super Rugby title aspirations.

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What we learned: Highlanders v Brumbies

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 12: Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies breaks away to score a try 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 The Brumbies will hope an 11-point win in Dunedin will be the turning point for their season.

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Captain backs Brumbies to bounce back against Highlanders

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Brumbies player Ben Mowen in action against the Kings at Canberra Stadium
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Chris Dutton ACT captain Ben Mowen says the Brumbies need to show they can ''perform under huge pressure'' and has backed the squad to recapture its best against the Highlanders on Friday night.

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Big changes to Brumbies team to take on Highlanders

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16:  Jordan Smiler poses during the official 2013 ACT Brumbies Super Rugby headshots session at Brumbies Headquarters on January 16, 2013 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) headshot jordan smiler

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will throw a Super Rugby rookie into battle as they attempt to recapture their best form, naming Jordan Smiler to make his debut against the Otago Highlanders on Friday night.

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Thorn looks to Broncos for Highlanders turnaround

TAUPO, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 02: Brad Thorn of Highlanders makes a break during the 2013 Super Rugby pre-season friendly match between the Chiefs and the Highlanders at Owen Delany Park, Taupo on February 2, 2013 in Taupo, New Zealand. (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton The ''granddaddy'' of Super Rugby, Brad Thorn, is drawing inspiration from the 1999 Brisbane Broncos to lead a Highlanders revival and is confident his team can stun the ACT Brumbies on Friday night.

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Chris Dutton The Brumbies take on the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

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Wallabies prop Ben Alexander calls for regular Anzac fixture in Canberra

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Chris Dutton and David Polkinghorne Australian Wallabies prop Ben Alexander says it's time for Super Rugby to create an Anzac Day tradition in Canberra.

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Brumbies inject 19-year-old 'beast' Tom Staniforth for Reds clash

Tom Staniforth, left, and Stephen Moore in training with the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton He's the "straighty 180" teenager preparing for a daunting Super Rugby baptism on Friday night, but Wallabies captain Ben Mowen says Tom Staniforth will turn into a "beast" against the Queensland...

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George Smith says ACT Brumbies down David Pocock but not out

Brumbies great: George Smith.

Chris Dutton George Smith says the ACT Brumbies can cover the loss of superstar flanker David Pocock.

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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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Pocock nervous before comeback match

Chris Dutton Star Wallabies flanker David Pocock admits to being nervous ahead of his first game in 10 months as he starts his bid to reclaim his Test spot from John Eales Medal-winner Michael Hooper.

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ACT Brumbies prop Ben Alexander resisted overseas offers

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Chris Dutton Wallabies and ACT Brumbies prop Ben Alexander has revealed he was almost lured to Europe after the 2011 World Cup.

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Tom Staniforth gets chance to realise rugby dreams at Brumbies

Chris Dutton Tom Staniforth wants to prove he's not a ''little boy'' any more when he gets his Super Rugby pre-season chance on Friday.

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Former Wallaby forward Peter Kimlin eyes a return to ACT Brumbies

Ben Mowen and Peter Kimlin

Chris Dutton Peter Kimlin looms as surprise potential recruit to replace ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen next year.

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Brumbies beaten and battered in trial but still happy

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31:  Pat McCabe of the Brumbies is tackled during the Super Rugby trial match between the Highlanders and the Brumbies on January 31, 2014 in Queenstown, New Zealand.  (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Clyde Rathbone has backed injury-plagued Wallaby Pat McCabe to recapture his best form this year.

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ACT Brumbies cautious over dazed Pat McCabe

Chris Dutton Pat McCabe has avoided another serious neck injury in the Brumbies' trial loss against the Highlanders.

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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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Tevita Kuridrani to miss Brumbies' Super Rugby warm-up games

Chris Dutton Tevita Kuridrani's faces losing his ACT Brumbies starting spot after being hit with a five-game ban.

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No more horsing around for ACT Brumbies hopeful Matt Hawke

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Matt Hawke training with the Brumbies on Thursday morning.
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Chris Dutton Matt Hawke has run more kilometres than any of the ACT Brumbies at pre-season training.

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Christian Lealiifano of the ACT Brumbies to miss start of Super Rugby season

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Christian Lealiifano of Australia reacts as his penalty kick falls short during the Scotland v Australia Autumn International Series Match at Murrayfield Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies star Christian Lealiifano will have to wait until March to make his mark on Super Rugby next year and the goal-kicking ace will not be rushed into an early comeback from ankle surgery.