Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

Phil Lutton State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

State of Origin winners and losers

Laurie Daley, Cooper Cronk, Jarryd Hayne

Phil Lutton Who fired and who floundered in this year's Origin series?

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State of Origin: End of a winning run that defied belief

Queensland captain Cameron Smith after the NSW win.

Phil Lutton After eight serene years of being able to create and execute seemingly at will, Queensland's State of Origin dynasty ended in a moment of fruitless frustration, the kind of pointless arm-waving that...

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State of Origin: Maroons name Cooper Cronk

Cooper Cronk and Matt Scott talk tactics with Matt Gillett during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session.

Phil Lutton Cooper Cronk has been named to make his return from a broken arm and Corey Parker returns from a facial injury as the Maroons bolster their Origin squad for game three of the series.

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State of Origin Live: Game two from Sydney

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Phil Lutton State of Origin Live: Game two from Sydney

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Daly Cherry-Evans firms for State of Origin selection

Daly Cherry-Evans at Maroons training this week.

Phil Lutton Daly Cherry-Evans ticks every box required for Maroons medical staff.

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Sell-out on cards for State of Origin opener

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26:  Greg Inglis of the Maroons celebrates a try during game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 26, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The State of Origin opener appears on track for a sell-out with only about 2000 tickets remaining for Wednesday night's game at Suncorp Stadium.

League

Sam Thaiday back in State of Origin frame as Broncos demolish Manly

He's back: Big Sam Thaiday is a key player for the Maroons and Broncos.

Phil Lutton Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday has thundered back into the State of Origin frame as he rebounded from a long-term injury in Brisbane's 36-10 thumping of an off-colour Manly at Suncorp Stadium.

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State of Origin spot begging, if Dave Taylor rises to occasion

Phil Lutton The accepted wisdom from players when it comes to State of Origin selection is to worry about your club first and then the rest, like magic, will simply take care of itself.

League

State of Origin II: Queensland selectors to wait on Greg Inglis, Billy Slater injuries

War wound: Billy Slater receives attention in Origin I.

Phil Lutton Queensland selectors will resist the urge to shake up their Origin side and give injured stars like Greg Inglis and Billy Slater every opportunity to prove their fitness before game two in Sydney...

State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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Phil Lutton State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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State of Origin 2013's winners and losers

NRL STATE OF ORIGIN, Game 3. Action from game 3 at ANZ Stadium, Homebush. QLD celebrate their win.
17th July 2013. 
Photo: Wolter Peeters
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Phil Lutton It began with a flurry of punches and jokes about the size of Nate Myles' head and ended with a greased-up streaker deploying the most questionable tackle in Origin history.

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Queensland State of Origin squad announced

Chris McQueen

Phil Lutton Queensland will have at least one new face and one controversial inclusion on the bench after naming its extended squad for the State of Origin opener on June 5 in Sydney.

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League

Brisbane Broncos split on Wayne Bennett as salary-cap saga continues

Quitting the Knights ... Wayne Bennett's club for 2015 is shrouded in mystery.

Phil Lutton Brisbane Broncos powerbrokers remain in a delicate holding pattern as the club decides on whether to make a play for supercoach Wayne Bennett, amid fresh revelations surrounding its salary-cap saga...

Dale Copley cut from right cloth for Origin: Justin Hodges

Broncos winger Dale Copely.

Phil Lutton Justin Hodges has given Dale Copley his biggest endorsement yet.

Maroons' Will Chambers at centre of assault complaint

Will Chambers

Phil Lutton Queensland coach Mal Meninga will come under pressure to stand down Will Chambers after the Maroons winger found himself at the centre of an assault allegation a week out from the third State of...

Cameron Smith urges unity as Maroons lick their wounds

Phil Lutton Injuries to force Queensland to bring in fresh faces for game three.

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Rugby League

Qld's Origin team of familiar faces

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04:  Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston of the Maroons celebrate victory after game three of the 2012 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 4, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Sydney Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra is the only new face in the Queensland State of Origin side after coach Mal Meninga unveiled the squad that will take aim at a ninth-consecutive series victory.

Lesser lights key to Queensland's Origin hopes

Queensland forward Chris McQueen.

Phil Lutton Roleplayers just as important as superstars for Meninga's Maroons.

League

New Maroon Aidan Guerra not content to make up the numbers

Newcomer to the Maroons forward pack Aidan Guerra works out with the team on the Gold Coast.

Phil Lutton When Aidan Guerra's phone flashed up the name ''Trent Robinson'' less than a day after the Roosters had been thrashed by the North Queensland Cowboys, the back-rower wasn't necessarily expecting a...