Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for brisbanetimes.com.au.

NRL head of football Todd Greenberg defends referees' bunker and shot clock

Brad Walter and Phil Lutton NRL head of football Todd Greenberg expects video referee decisions to be faster than they appeared in Saturday night's All Stars match once the broadcasters gets used to the new bunker system.

Storm hope Holy Trinity can entice Cooper Cronk to remain a one-club player

Signature move: Melbourne Storm are hopeful they can entice Cooper Cronk to remain a one-club player.

Phil Lutton The Storm are growing in optimism that they can keep star halfback Cooper Cronk until the end of his career despite rumours of a move to Sydney.

Cameron Smith warns shot clock laws may slow down, not speed up, rugby league

Phil Lutton Laws giving players a set time to pack scrums were intended to speed up the game. On Saturday night, it had the opposite effect.

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Cameron Smith stars as World team holds out Indigenous All Star charge

Collision: Tom Burgess runs into a wall of Indigenous All Stars defenders.

Phil Lutton The more things change - bunker systems, new rules - the more they stay the same as Cameron Smith calmly guided the World All Stars team to victory at Suncorp Stadium.

Push continues for Kangaroos to adopt pre-game Indigenous war dance

Phil Lutton Australian captain Cameron Smith says he remains open to the concept, while Greg Inglis heads the push for a fresh tradition for the Australian rugby league team.

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Wayne Bennett, Cameron Smith urge fans not to expect perfection from bunker refs

Supporter:  Cameron Smith is hoping for more consistency from the new referee system.

Phil Lutton The NRL enters a new era of refereeing on Saturday night but the coaching great and Australian captain have advised against expecting miracles.

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Michael Ennis tips Ben Barba to return to his prime for ambitious Cronulla Sharks

Holding on: Ben Barba is locked in a three-way scrap with Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird for the fullback jumper.

Phil Lutton Ennis believes a fit Barba can thrive in the Shire after overcoming injuries that put the brakes on a patchy 2015 campaign.

James Graham not convinced by new interchange rules

Bulldogs captain James Graham says new interchange laws could benefit dominant playmakers.

Phil Lutton The Bulldogs prop isn't sold on rule changes but Michael Ennis says the moves to reduce interchanges didn't go far enough.

All Stars concept far too important to scrap, says a frustrated Greg Bird

Phil Lutton The Titans backrower can't believe the future of the All Stars concept is once again at stake.

Michael Jennings' move to Parramatta Eels edges closer as Dale Copley joins Sydney Roosters

Moving south: Ex-Bronco Dale Copley.

Phil Lutton Parramatta may yet be the ultimate winners from the pre-season horse trading as Brisbane centre Dale Copley heads to Bondi to join the Sydney Roosters.

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State of Origin 2016: Kevin Walters must embrace off-field madness to thrive as Maroons coach

Fresh challenge: incoming Queensland coach Kevin Walters.

Phil Lutton The new Queensland coach has plenty of pedigree but 2016 will bring with it a huge set of new challenges as he locks horns with Laurie Daley.

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NRL must promote tolerance in wake of Adam Goodes booing, says Preston Campbell

Important match: Preston Campbell at the launch of the Indigenous All Stars match in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Phil Lutton Preston Campbell says the All Stars fixture is more important than ever as changes were made to include a World team to face the indigenous side.

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Todd Greenberg coy on ambitions for NRL's top job

Coy: NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.

Phil Lutton Todd Greenberg said he would wait for a formal job description to emerge before deciding whether to make a run at rugby league's top job.

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Brisbane Broncos chief Paul White slams expansion talk, wants more direction from NRL

Calling for strong leadership: Broncos boss Paul White.

Phil Lutton Brisbane boss Paul White wants more direction and communication from the NRL when it hires its next chief executive.

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How Dave Smith grappled with the NRL's biggest issues

Dave Smith (left) has retired as CEO of the NRL at NRL central. Photo Nick Moir 20 oct 2015.

Phil Lutton Outgoing NRL chief executive Dave Smith had his share of issues during his tenure. Here's how he handled six of the game's biggest dramas.

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'We're all good. Life goes on': Brisbane Broncos Ben Hunt puts on brave face after grand final torment

The agony: Ben Hunt reacts as the prize slips away.

Phil Lutton Ben Hunt's brilliant season with the Broncos ended in nightmare scenes in the grand final but the young half remains determined to return to the top.

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Brisbane Broncos fans philosophical as they embrace upside of painful defeat

The agony: Ben Hunt reacts as the prize slips away.

Phil Lutton It was a horror night for Broncos fans but many are already looking forward to going one better in 2016.

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2015 NRL grand final: Brisbane Broncos player ratings

Corey Oates of the Broncos scores a try.

Phil Lutton How we rated the Broncos players for the 2015 NRL grand final.

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NRL Grand Final 2015: Alex Glenn remembers under-20s as he prepares for another shot at title

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Alex Glenn of the Broncos runs with the ball during the NRL First Preliminary Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Alex Glenn's pre-game preparation has had a few tweaks since was last in a grand final for the Brisbane Broncos.

How Wayne Bennett's grand final glory began in defeat in 1979

Wayne Bennett with the 1979 Brisbane Souths team

Phil Lutton Wayne Bennett has become a master of grand finals but it wasn't always the case, as he found out in an emotional decider at the helm of Brisbane's Souths Magpies.

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