Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for

Queensland Maroons coach Mal Meninga one step ahead of NSW rival Laurie Daley

Phil Lutton Queensland Rugby League boss Rob Moore won't be heard to take the shine off Laurie Daley's highly publicised fact-finding mission to America, designed to give the Blues an edge as they defend...

NRL Power Rankings: Round 7 - Storm surge to the top

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Phil Lutton The NRL power rankings are in for round seven. Melbourne hit the top on the back of a total team ethos.

Gold Coast Titans brush aside Daly Cherry-Evans saga to belt Penrith Panthers

Free running:  William Zillman of the Titans.

Phil Lutton Daly Cherry-Evans appears to have ended the debate about his future, saying he was a certainty to be heading to the Gold Coast next season as the Titans demolished an injury ravaged Panthers 32-6 at...

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Golden win gave North Queensland Cowboys their groove back

Prior knowledge: Cowboys coach Paul Green was at the Roosters last year when they took out the NRL premiership.  The two sides lock horns on Friday.

Phil Lutton Cowboys coach Paul Green must have felt like a man with the keys to a Lamborghini but no idea how to kick the thing into life.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 6 - Brisbane Broncos returning to glory days

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Corey Parker of the Broncos is tackled during the round six NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on April 10, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The NRL Power Rankings are in for round six. Wayne Bennett has the Broncos rising quickly.

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Dragons coach Paul McGregor doing it his way after lifeline from Wayne Bennett

Success story: Dragons coach Paul McGregor.

Brad Walter and Phil Lutton How Wayne Bennett backflip gave Paul McGregor his coaching chance at Dragons.

Leading neurosurgeon happy to take lead on NRL concussion rulings

Independent doctors needed: Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

Phil Lutton Leading Sydney neurosurgeon Dr Richard Parkinson has put his hand up to take the lead if the NRL wants to use independent match-day doctors to assess players who may have suffered concussions during...

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Sydney Roosters great Anthony Minichiello says departing Tuivasa-Sheck will continue to deliver

Standing tall: Anthony Minichiello walks from the field for the final time as an NRL player.

Phil Lutton Roosters great Anthony Minichiello has dubbed Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as the form fullback in the game and said he had no concerns the youngster would mentally check out of Bondi before he heads across...

Ben Hunt scores extra-time try as Brisbane Broncos edge out Sydney Roosters

Match-winner: Broncos halfback Ben Hunt.

Phil Lutton A spiteful series of feuds between Sam Thaiday and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was the rolling entertainment but Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt did the real business as the Broncos triumphed in a bitter...

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No regrets for Dylan Napa, the aspiring Brisbane Bronco who embraced Bondi

Brisbane to Bondi: Roosters forward Dylan Napa.

Phil Lutton Roosters giant Dylan Napa has no regrets about turning his back on the club he supported as a kid but could exercise a degree of payback when his side takes the field against the Broncos on Friday...

Wayne Bennett says independent doctors the next step in concussion crackdown

Independent doctors needed: Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

Phil Lutton Wayne Bennett says rugby league must introduce independent doctors charged with making vital calls on concussed players.

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Dylan Napa gets strongest push yet for State of Origin call-up

Phil Lutton Sam Thaiday will be doing everything he can to avoid a frontal confrontation with Dylan Napa when Brisbane host the Roosters on Friday night.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 3 - South Sydney Rabbitohs keep top spot while North Queensland Cowboys drop to last

Phil Lutton Phil Lutton rates the 16 NRL clubs from the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the penthouse to the North Queensland Cowboys in the cellar.

No Origin guarantees as Brisbane Broncos forward Sam Thaiday fights for future

Under pressure: Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday charges into the defence during the round three NRL match against the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium.

Phil Lutton Kangaroos forward Sam Thaiday already has a fight on his hands to prove his worth to the Broncos but another battle awaits, with the decorated backrower no good thing to retain his State of Origin...

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Johnathan Thurston says Cowboys' confidence 'shot' after three games

Phil Lutton The Cowboys' season may not be terminal just yet but their captain, Johnathan Thurston, admits their confidence has been shattered amid a three-game losing streak to start the NRL season.

Cowboys sink deeper after belting from Broncos

Phil Lutton Good judges would suggest the Cowboys have all the ingredients to be major challengers for the NRL premiership. Then the season started.

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NRL Power Rankings: Round 2 - South Sydney Rabbitohs flying high after putting Sydney Roosters in their place

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Thomas Burgess of the Rabbitohs passes as he is tackled during the round two NRL match between South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on March 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The NRL Power Rankings are back for 2015. We rate the 16 NRL clubs from the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the penthouse to the Gold Coast Titans in the cellar.

NRL mourns loss of another young talent gone too soon

Phil Lutton One of Australia’s biggest crisis support and suicide prevention organisations says it would readily intensify its links with the NRL as the game mourns the loss of another young player.

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Wayne Bennett leads fresh attack on transfer farce following Daly Cherry-Evans move

The game on the field is nearly irrelevant... it's all about off the field

Phil Lutton A fed-up Wayne Bennett has heaped pressure on the NRL to put an end to its controversial player transfer system.

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NRL Power Rankings: Round 1 - Roosters edge out Rabbitohs for top spot

Rugged performer: Roosters forward Aidan Guerra rips in against the Cowboys.

Phil Lutton The NRL Power Rankings are back for 2015. Phil Lutton rates the 16 NRL clubs from the Sydney Roosters in the penthouse to the Gold Coast Titans in the cellar.

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