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Chris Dutton is a sports 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.''

ACT Brumbies challenge Scott Sio to counter Waratahs' physical onslaught

Scott Sio has been urged to get physical in this weekend's Super Rugby semi-final against the Waratahs.

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher has challenged Scott Sio to add "an edge" to his performance against the NSW Waratahs, urging him to use his 120-kilogram frame to counter a physical...

Union

How Springboks legend Victor Matfield nearly signed for the ACT Brumbies

Victor Matfield almost played for the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton Springboks legend Victor Matfield has revealed he nearly signed for the Brumbies.

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

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

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...

Rugby Union

Brumbies harness the power of two Tomanes

Brumbies player Jason Tomane

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies turned Joseph Tomane from rugby league convert to Wallaby in less than 12 months and his younger brother hopes he can kickstart his career with a stint in the capital.

Union

Finegan: Folau to bring the X-factor

Israel Folau

Chris Dutton Wallabies great Owen Finegan has urged rugby to embrace Israel Folau even if he uses the sport as a stopgap mercenary dash to make a return to the NRL in 2014.

Rugby Union

Folau 'can make Wallabies'

?Israel Folau

Chris Dutton Joseph Tomane is proof NRL converts can make a rapid rise through the rugby ranks and the ACT Brumbies star has backed Israel Folau to follow his journey to the Wallabies.

Union

Cusack starts on long road to Rio

Australian Rugby 7s player Tom Cusack.

Chris Dutton Tom Cusack will take the first step on his journey to the Rio de Janeiro Games in New Zealand next week.

Union

Palmer to bid adieu to Brumbies

Dan Palmer.

Chris Dutton Dan Palmer will sacrifice his immediate ambitions to be a Wallabies prop to join French club Grenoble next year.

Pulver will have final say on Wallabies

pulver

Chris Dutton Canberra is back on the radar to host Test rugby and new ARU chief executive Bill Pulver wants to reward the capital for its ''loyalty'' to the sport.

Union

New chief backs Wallabies return for loyal Canberrans

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver leaves a press conference at Parliament House on February 7, 2013 in Canberra, Australia. The Australian Crime Commission today released findings from a 12 month investigation into Australian sport, uncovering the possibility of match fixing, drugs in sport and links to organised crime.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton CANBERRA is back on the radar to host Test rugby and new ARU chief executive Bill Pulver wants to reward the capital for its ''loyalty'' to the sport.

2013 Super Rugby Guide

Pressure on Wallabies

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Pat McCabe of the Wallabies dives over to score a try during the international test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton It's crunch time for the Wallabies.

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.