Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Adam Blair leaves Wests Tigers for Brisbane Broncos

Phil Lutton Brisbane's extreme makeover under Wayne Bennett has shown no sign of slowing down, with the Broncos signing Tigers and New Zealand prop Adam Blair on a three-year deal.

Ben Barba leaving Brisbane Broncos, set to sign with Cronulla Sharks

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Ben Barba of the Broncos celebrates a try during the round 24 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Newcastle Knights at Suncorp Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Paul Haigh, Phil Lutton Ben Barba looks destined to join the Cronulla Sharks after the Brisbane Broncos gave the former Dally M winner permission to look elsewhere for the upcoming NRL season.

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Broncos in dark over Koukash share bid

Marwan Koukash.

Phil Lutton Broncos chief executive Paul White says he has no knowledge of any attempt by English billionaire Marwan Koukash to buy into the club.

Old hands to help Anthony Milford as Brisbane Broncos unveil star signing

Helping hand: Anthony Milford will be nurtured by Brisbane's stars of old including Darren Lockyer, Kevin Walters and Allan Langer.

Phil Lutton The Broncos will surround Anthony Milford with a support staff of some of the best halves in the modern game as Brisbane tries to ease its new signing into the ''fishbowl'' life of one of the NRL's...

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Brisbane back to work in new Bennett era

Anthony Milford is set to be unveiled by the Broncos.

Phil Lutton All talk has been centred on Darius Boyd but the Brisbane Broncos are readying to unveil a man they believe can be the next superstar of the game when the football department officially gets back to...

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International rugby league is dead. Haven't you heard?

Phil Lutton dinkus Dinkus

Phil Lutton The pulsating crowd at Suncorp Stadium, the thrilling football on a sparking Queensland afternoon, the music playing as Samoan fans celebrated before, during and after the game.... all an apparition.

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Live Four Nations blog: Australia v New Zealand

Daly Cherry-Evans will hope to capitalise on his first-team selection for the Kangaroos.

Phil Lutton Australia tackle New Zealand in front of a parochial crowd at Suncorp Stadium in the Four Nations grudge match.

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Sam Burgess named International Player of the Year

Sam Burgess also won the Clive Churchill Medal in the grand final.

Phil Lutton The fairy tale season of Sam Burgess has continued with the departing Rabbitohs hard man being named as rugby league's International Player of the Year.

Coach Wayne Bennett back at Brisbane Broncos, and immediately senses the pressure to succeed

Wayne Bennett

Phil Lutton Returning NRL coach Wayne Bennett commands Golden God status in his temple at Red Hill but even he was not promising miracles for the Broncos as he takes command of his old club heading into the 2015...

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Wayne Bennett axes Brisbane Broncos' co-captain system, wants Darius Boyd and Russell Packer at Brisbane Broncos

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Knights training at Balance Field, Mayfield. Picture shows coach Wayne Bennett, left, and Darius Boyd, right.
5th June 2014 Newcastle
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Phil Lutton Wayne Bennett has arrived home, pledging to help return the aura to his Brisbane Broncos and confirming this would be the final stop in his storied coaching career.

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Titans deny move to Brisbane market

The Titans pack down.

Phil Lutton Gold Coast chief executive Graham Annesley insists the Titans are going nowhere despite suggestions the club could be packed up and shifted an hour up the road should the NRL have to step in with...

Mal Meninga warns North Queensland Cowboys to keep emotions in check against Roosters

Mal Meninga.

Phil Lutton Brent Tate says the Cowboys will take an 'us versus them' mentality into their elimination final against the Roosters but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has warned North Queensland not to let a week of...

Cowboys must dine out on conspiracy theories

Paul Green with Johnathan Thurston.

Phil Lutton That escalated quickly. The Phoney War between the Cowboys and the NRL has officially come to an end. Now, how to get the bayonets and mortars through airport security on the way to Sydney.

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North Queensland Cowboys and NRL at war after Tariq Sims pleads guilty

On report for a late challenge: Tariq Sims.

Phil Lutton An explosive afternoon has seen the NRL slap down North Queensland with a $10,000 fine, only hours after Cowboys coach Paul Green declared he had "no faith" in rugby league officialdom.

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Tariq Sims out for five weeks, misses NRL finals

Tariq Sims has copped a five-week suspension for his shoulder charge on Justin Hodges.

Phil Lutton North Queensland has been dealt a blow ahead of their knockout final against the Roosters, with backrower Tariq Sims lodging an early guilty plea and copping a five-week suspension for his shoulder...

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NRL finals: The top storylines so far...

Jumping for joy: Jamie Soward celebrates victory over the Roosters on Saturday night.

Phil Lutton One week down, so much goodness/angst/action/drama/JSoward to digest. Here we go...

A nervous north greets NRL finals with optimism, dread

Cowboys players dejected after defeat.

Phil Lutton In the months after North Queensland's controversial exit from the NRL finals last season, a special package arrived at the front desk of Rugby League Central in Sydney.

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Brisbane stand by coaching call regardless of results

Outgoing Broncos coach Anthony Griffin.

Phil Lutton Brisbane Broncos chairman Dennis Watt says the club will stand by its decision to sack coach Anthony Griffin no matter what transpires in the NRL finals, which begin on Friday night.

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Bullish Renouf backs Broncos to stun Cowboys

Broncos great Steve Renouf.

Phil Lutton Broncos great Steve Renouf believes Ben Hunt can lead Brisbane to its greatest triumph of the post-Bennett era and storm North Queensland's seemingly impenetrable Townsville citadel on Saturday night.

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Best for last: Hunt in pivotal test against Cronk

Brisbane Broncos pivot Ben Hunt.

Phil Lutton Broncos pivot must overcome, or at least match wits with, Cronk.