Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

League

NRL boss Dave Smith stands firm on Luke Keary Origin stoush

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.

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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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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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.

NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

Josh Dugan

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

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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.

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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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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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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Opinion

Titans the real deal, just add fans

The Gold Coast Titans have had more empty seats than fans at games this season.

Phil Lutton The Titans are playing good football on the Gold Coast. Now they have to find a way to connect with their fans.

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Live: Broncos v Eels

Hodges

Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Eels

League

Another twist in the mystifying career of Chris Sandow

Chris Sandow is doing all of his talking on the field.

Phil Lutton Just when rugby league starts to forget all about Chris Sandow, he drags us back in.

Brisbane Broncos not overly worried by Ben Barba's try drought

Ben Barba

Phil Lutton Broncos fullback Ben Barba has sought assurances from head coach Anthony Griffin that he remains on the right track despite being in the middle of the longest try-scoring drought of his NRL career.

Two years after his death, the Artie Beetson juggernaut rolls on

Beetson in action for Eastern Suburbs in 1976.

Phil Lutton In life, Artie Beetson was a giant of the game. In death he has become, in the words of brother Barry, a ''juggernaut''.

League

Jharal Yow Yeh calls time on what might have been

The highs: Jharal Yow Yeh was one of the brightest young prospects in the NRL.

Phil Lutton Eight months after Jharal Yow Yeh experienced one of the worst injuries in the history of rugby league, somehow he was back in training at Red Hill.

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NRL

Hunt shines as Broncos fall at final hurdle

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21:  Ben Hunt of the Broncos celebrates after scoring a try during the round three NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on March 21, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The night Ben Hunt established himself as a legitimate NRL halfback was, in the end, overshadowed by four minutes of brilliance from the reigning premier.

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Brisbane's Sam Thaiday urges caution in quest to slow contest

Alex McKinnon

Phil Lutton Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday says it would be unwise to play a blame game after the neck injury of Newcastle's Alex McKinnon but urged fellow players to use caution in their quest to try and contain...

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