Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

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

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

Mal Meninga.

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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Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett not surprised as Darius Boyd surges back

Ahead of schedule: Darius Boyd.

Phil Lutton The in-form Brisbane Broncos have been given a pre-Origin boost, with Darius Boyd set to suit up against Penrith on Friday night as he returns from a ruptured Achilles.

Darius Boyd to return for Brisbane Broncos against Penrith Panthers

Darius Boyd will return against the Panthers on Friday night.

Phil Lutton Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett not surprised by fullback's early return from injury despite initial fears he would miss most of 2015.

Queensland Maroons won't usher in department of youth just yet, says Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton The regeneration of Australia's Test rugby league ranks looks unlikely to begin in Queensland this winter, with Maroons coach Mal Meninga confirming his intention to rely on his core group of...

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Another win the tip of the iceberg for brilliant Kiwis

The future: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Kiwis celebrates victory in Brisbane.

Phil Lutton The Australian Kangaroos are entering an enforced era of regeneration. Not so for a soaring New Zealand, whose coach Stephen Kearney believes are only scratching the surface of their potential.

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Australian Kangaroos five-eighth Johnathan Thurston stands in the company of greats

Leader of men: Johnathan Thurston takes the Cowboys out during the round eight NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium.

Phil Lutton Thurston believes he and Cooper Cronk can remain the benchmark in the international game, even as they enter their early 30s.

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Senior Australian Kangaroos players shouldn't be shown the door, says Cameron Smith

Prize possession: (From left) New Zealand captain Simon Mannering and Australian captain Cameron Smith pose with trophy ahead of Friday night's Test at Suncorp Stadium.

Phil Lutton Kangaroos captain adamant as an ageing squad reaches a critical juncture in the lead-up to the 2017 World Cup.

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Sam Thaiday happy to stir pot for Kangaroos against Kiwis

Phil Lutton The notion of ''bringing the biff'' has gone the way of the contested scrum but Sam Thaiday will be doing everything he can to get in the face of New Zealand's forwards during Friday night's Anzac...

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NRL boss Dave Smith says flying Kiwis good for the game, if not for Kangaroos

Expecting fireworks: NRL chief executive Dave Smith.

Phil Lutton Tim Sheens may not heartily agree but NRL chief executive Dave Smith insists an era of New Zealand dominance can only bolster the international game at a time when it continues to strive for...

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Kangaroos forward Corey Parker says Kiwi talent the tip of the iceberg

Kangaroo challenge: Australian forward Corey Parker knows the Kiwis have a  big future.

Phil Lutton Corey Parker has flagged the challenge faced by the Kangaroos as they try to break their two-game losing streak against a Kiwi side he believes has only scratched the surface of their potential.

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Billy Slater makes hardest call as Greg Inglis goes to No.1

He's No.1: Greg Inglis will take over at fullback for the injured Billy Slater.

Phil Lutton Billy Slater was doing his best to remain upbeat as he left a training field in Brisbane but could barely hide his disappointment as he handed Greg Inglis his number one jersey ahead of Friday...

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Something about 'Mary' takes Josh Dugan to new heights

Test debut: Josh Dugan on the attack against the Sydney Roosters on Anzac Day.

Phil Lutton The reinvention of Josh Dugan began under former Dragons coach Steve Price and gone to new heights under Paul McGregor, with the Kangaroos debutant crediting the man known as 'Mary' for elevating his...

One-off Test puts heat on Kangaroos to avoid third strike against New Zealand

Kiwi challenge: Cameron Smith is tackled during the Four Nations match against New Zealand in October.

Phil Lutton Australian captain Cameron Smith says the one-off Anzac Test has taken on added urgency as the Kangaroos try to avoid losing a hat-trick of matches against New Zealand for the first time in 63 years,...

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says teams are bogged down as game speeds up

Speed hump: Broncos coach Wayne Bennett sees the game getting faster.

Phil Lutton It may not be a case of the quick and the dead just yet. The quick and the seriously ill may be closer to the mark.