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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sporters reporter at The Canberra Times.

Rugby

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.''

Union

Fardy ready to rip into Poms

Scott Fardy.

Chris Dutton Scott Fardy says it's time for the current Wallabies to ''make a name for ourselves'' on the grand slam tour of Europe.

Union

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.

Union

Stephen Larkham backs Wallabies penalties to set tone

Sport.  New director of rugby Laurie Fisher and head coach Stephen Larkham at the ACT Brumbies following the official announcement of the coaching structure of the team in Manuka.   1 November 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are backing Ewen McKenzie's tough stance on Wallabies discipline, and World Cup-winning fly-half Stephen Larkham says tough punishments will ''set the tone'' for the Test team...

Union

Brumbies' class of 2013 surpassed all hopes

Chris Dutton Every story needs a hero and a villain, but the Brumbies won’t know which category Jake White fits into until the end of next year.

Union

Rugged McCabe braced for the fight

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13:  Pat McCabe and James O'Connor talk during an Australian Wallabies training session at Stockland Stadium on June 13, 2013 in Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton A hard-nosed playing style almost ended his career but Pat McCabe is ready to put his body on the line.

When pride is on the Lions ...

Ben Mowen.

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen says the enormity of the Wallabies' task against the British and Irish Lions will whack them in the face in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Union

Tests depend on new stadium

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  New CEO of Australian Rugby Union Bill Pulver speaks to the media during an ARU press conference at ARU Headquarters on January 9, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Canberra could regularly host Test matches if the ACT government builds a new undercover stadium in Civic.

Union

Injured Palmer focuses on helping Brumbies' finals push

Sport.  ACT Brumbies player Dan Palmer waits to sign autographs during a visit with other players to John Paul College in Harrison.  5 July 2013 Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton Injury ruined prop Dan Palmer's season but the ACT Brumbies front-rower is determined to play a role in the finals.

Union

Speight left hanging as IRB query status

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Henry Speight of the Brumbies breaks clear to score the match winning try against Auckland to win the World Club 7's Cup during the World Club 7's at Twickenham Stadium on August 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Chris Dutton An eligibility bungle will rob ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight of the chance to make his Wallabies debut on the spring tour.

Union

'Greyhound' Mogg snaps at heels of Wallabies front-runners

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  Jesse Mogg of the Brumbies takes on the defence during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is preparing to take on ''greyhound'' Jesse Mogg as a Wallabies bolter.

Union

Tomane ready for the big time

Sport,  ACT Brumbies player Joseph Tomane on the side lines during training at Brumbies HQ in Griffith.  22 May 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton Joseph Tomane says he's ready to step up in the ''big games'' as he prepares for the biggest month of his career.

Union

Injury ends Palmer campaign

Dan Palmer.

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies prop Dan Palmer's championship dreams are over after having surgery on his foot on Thursday.

Union

History made but job's not done: White

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Brumbies players celebrate victory in 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 Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have slammed suggestions they faced an undermanned British and Irish Lions squad.

Mogg gets rap from Larkham

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Jesse Mogg 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 Brumbies great Stephen Larkham has backed Jesse Mogg to be a Wallabies bolter this year, insisting he is the form Australian fullback.

White won't stand in way of Wallabies Test call-ups

Jake White

Chris Dutton 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''.

Union

Jerry props for fresh start with Fiji

Jerry Yanuyanutawa

Chris Dutton ACT BRUMBIES prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa will put his Super Rugby ambitions on hold to begin a stint with the Fiji national team next week to help relaunch his career.

Rugby

Wallabies jerseys to motivate Brumbies

ACT Brumbies full back Jesse Mogg.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are bracing for a ''vital'' three weeks to set up their finals dream and coach Jake White hopes team success delivers Wallabies jerseys to his star rookies.

Union

Brumbies keeping it simple

Brumbies player Pat McCabe.

Chris Dutton The Queensland Reds built their championship-winning season around Quade Cooper's unpredictable brilliance but the ACT Brumbies are backing their no-frills game plan to topple the defending champions...

Rugby union

Last-gasp miss gives Reds the contest

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26:  Digby Ioane of the Reds is tackled during the round 14 Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Reds at Canberra Stadium on May 26, 2012 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton QUEENSLAND REDS blew the race to the top of the Australian conference wide open with a gritty victory at Canberra Stadium last night.