Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

State of Origin: No Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater faces final test

Phil Lutton A testing opposed session is the final hurdle for injured Maroons fullback Billy Slater

Aidan Guerra 'couldn't care less' if Mitchell Pearce fires in Origin comeback

Marauding Maroon: Queensland forward Aidan Guerra.

Phil Lutton Aidan Guerra is happy for recalled teammate Mitchell Pearce. That doesn't mean he wants to see him succeed.

State of Origin: Mal Meninga backs Billy Slater, rules out four-forward bench

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10:  Mahe Fonua of the Storm congratulates Billy Slater of the Storm after he scored a try  during the round nine NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Melbourne Storm at Pirtek Stadium on May 10, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga says Billy Slater will overcome a shoulder injury and vows to 'play football' against the mammoth Blues

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State of Origin: Michael Morgan overcomes tragic loss of Alex Elisala to roar into Queensland Maroons ranks

Phil Lutton When close friend Alex Elisala died in late 2013, Michael Morgan wanted to pack up, take time out and reset for the following season.

State of Origin: Relaxed Darius Boyd talks, and talks ... and talks

In a good place: Queensland winger Darius Boyd.

Phil Lutton To see Boyd laughing and speaking candidly to anyone and everyone served to show how far he has come since his public grapple with depression

State of Origin: Daly Cherry-Evans ruled out of Maroons side with shoulder injury

No Origin:  Daly Cherry-Evans receives attention for his shoulder injury during the match against Penrith on Monday.

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga will consider unleashing Dylan Napa from the Queensland bench to counter the beefed-up Blues as part of a last-minute reshuffle.

State of Origin: Report cards for New South Wales and Queensland teams

Star centres: Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges may prove the difference for the Maroons.

Phil Lutton Find out who makes the grade in our State of Origin team report cards

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Josh McGuire the sole new face for Queensland Origin team

Phil Lutton Josh McGuire the only new face as Mal Meninga deploys trusted warriors for Origin opener

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii's form surge not enough to earn Origin recall

Josh Papalii has been in top form for the Raiders over recent weeks.

Phil Lutton Canberra Raider Josh Papalii's recent form surge has not been enough to win back his Queensland jumper with the forward set to be overlooked for Origin I in Sydney on May 27. 

State of Origin: Cameron Smith cleared to play as Matt Gillett holds Maroons spot

Happy days: Cameron Smith laughs as Issac Luke of the Rabbitohs looks on shortly after Smith kicked Luke in a tackle.

Phil Lutton Queensland captain Cameron Smith will play the Origin opener as Matt Gillett holds off challengers for his spot in the Maroons squad.

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Shane Flanagan says Luke Lewis will be fit for Origin despite breathing issues

Mr Reliable: Luke Lewis put in a special performance.

Phil Lutton Luke Lewis had issues with his breathing against the Titans but his coach believes he will be fit for the Blues if Laurie Daley comes calling.

Valentine Holmes field goal helps Cronulla Sharks to golden point win over Gold Coast Titans

Eventful night: Nate Myles of the Titans.

Phil Lutton The Cronulla Sharks have overcome a controversial video referee decision to edge the Gold Coast Titans in extra time at Robina thanks to the golden boot of their rising young winger.

The $10m question that may finally see NRL get serious about lifting tackles

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Phil Lutton It could take a monumental lawsuit for rugby league to finally get with the program on lifting tackles.

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Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett predicts memorable showdown with North Queensland Cowboys

Roped in: North Queensland's Jake Granville is tackled by Storm forward Jordan McLean.

Phil Lutton Wayne Bennett has predicted a memorable derby as the Cowboys celebrate their 20th year in the NRL.

NRL Power Rankings - round 9: Sydney Roosters make their move with impressive win over Wests Tigers

Phil Lutton The Roosters surge up the rankings, while a familiar face tumbles back to the bottom of the table.

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Mal Meninga flags few surprises when Queensland Maroons pick State of Origin team

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Phil Lutton Anyone hoping for a few curveballs from Queensland State of Origin selectors will be disappointed next Tuesday when the team is revealed.

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'Most ridiculous thing I've ever seen': Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary risks fine after ref spray

Punished: Matt Moylan of the Panthers.

Phil Lutton Panthers coach Ivan Cleary could be the second coach to be hit with a breach notice for criticising referees after describing a call around fullback Matt Moylan as 'one of the most ridiculous things...

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Extreme code wars: UAE Rugby Union has UAE Rugby League boss arrested

Taking prisoners: The UAE Rugby Union logo.

Phil Lutton And you thought code wars in Australia were nasty. The chief of the United Arab Emirates rugby league has reportedly been arrested as part of a fiendish rugby union plot to crush the 13-man code...

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Tyrone Peachey in strife after horror tackle on Adam Blair as Penrith Panthers lose to Brisbane Broncos

Shocker: Tyrone Peachey tips Adam Blair on his head.

Phil Lutton Penrith backrower Tyrone Peachey tipped Adam Blair on his head and almost tipped both sides over the edge after a brain-snap in the Panthers' excruciating 8-5 loss to Brisbane that...

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Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says clubs foot bill of representative infractions

Rep problem: Broncos coach Wayne Bennett is concerned about clubs being penalised by players being suspended as a result of rep game incidents.

Phil Lutton Given his links to Alex McKinnon, the notion of Wayne Bennett defending Greg Bird on the charge of a lifting tackle would be a left-fielder to most rugby league fans.

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