Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Tariq Sims out for five weeks, misses NRL finals

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...

NRL finals: The top storylines so far...

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

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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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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NRL Live: Broncos v Warriors

Daniel Vidot

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Warriors

League

NRL boss Dave Smith stands firm on Luke Keary Origin stoush

Luke Keary

Phil Lutton NRL chief executive Dave Smith has stood firm on the Origin eligibility rules, even if it means South Sydney prospect Luke Keary misses out on playing for his preferred state of Queensland.

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NRL live: Broncos v Titans

Ben Hannant

Phil Lutton NRL live: Broncos v Titans

League

NRL investigates Brisbane Broncos for alleged salary cap breach

Broncos

Brad Walter and Phil Lutton Third-party deals with Brisbane players worth up to $500,000 are being investigated by the NRL after the Broncos reported concerns of a possible salary cap breach.

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League

Alex McKinnon incident should not be a taboo topic in NRL

The sickening tackle on Alex McKinnon.

Phil Lutton Serious neck injuries in contact sports are hardly a matter of joy, which is why it is disheartening that a discussion about the issue in rugby league has all the hallmarks of a pub-standard...

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Rugby League

NRL: New rules may heighten Jonathan Thurston's potency

Thurston

Phil Lutton Brisbane coach believes elite halves could enter a fresh era of dominance as new tackle rules send the game into overdrive.

League

Unheralded Brisbane land on their feet in turbo-charged NRL

On the up? Brisbane may just have the right stuff in 2014.

Phil Lutton Coaches, tacticians and influential players are still trying to work out the question. But if you begin to slice up this microscopic portion of the NRL season, are Brisbane shaping as a possible...

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League

Jharal Yow Yeh retires from NRL

Jharal Yow Yeh

Phil Lutton Former Test and Queensland State of Origin winger Jharal Yow Yeh has announced his retirement from rugby league.

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League

All eyes on Corey Oates in NRL return for Brisbane Broncos

Corey Oates

Phil Lutton Brisbane must try to defeat the Roosters minus both first-choice props but the presence of rising star Corey Oates has given the undefeated Broncos fresh impetus as they host the premiers on Friday...

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Live NRL: Broncos v Roosters

Michael Jennings

Phil Lutton Live NRL: Broncos v Roosters

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Live: NRL All Stars

Greg Inglis

Phil Lutton Live: NRL All Stars

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League

Youngster’s death gives perspective amid NRL’s torment

West Tigers Players enter the Funeral of Mosese  Fotuaika held at the Latter-day Saints Church in Cleveland, 7th of March 2013. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Phil Lutton Almost 100 Wests Tigers players have travelled to Brisbane to pay their respects to under 20s star Mosese Fotuaika, who was found dead in his Sydney townhouse last week.

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Depression is NRL's business: Presto

Former Gold Coast Titans playmaker Preston Campbell.

Phil Lutton Preston Campbell has urged the NRL to make the battle against mental illness within the playing ranks its number one priority as the game bids farewell to another fallen young talent.

NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

Josh Dugan

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

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NRL's bid from bush ready to be heard in the city

NRL.

Phil Lutton With high-profile rivals devouring headlines, the Central Queensland bid team is set to make some noise.

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NRL

Civoniceva to retire at end of NRL season

Brisbane Broncos veteran Petero Civoniceva.

Phil Lutton Record-breaking forward Petero Civoniceva has announced he'll retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

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