Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Griffin's 20-somethings now key to Broncos finals hopes

Phil Lutton For Anthony Griffin, like the man for whom he must make way, syrupy sentiment won't take up vast slabs of his time as he prepares to depart his current employer.

Brisbane Broncos' run to finals: Our predictions

Broncos winger Dale Copely.

Phil Lutton Winger Dale Copley hasn't lost faith in finals appearance.

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NRL Live: Broncos v Warriors

Daniel Vidot

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Warriors

League

Brisbane Broncos must move on from the aura of Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett

Phil Lutton There must come a point in the existence of the Brisbane Broncos when fans, members, former players and powerbrokers resist the urge to holler for Wayne Bennett as soon as the chips are down.

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.

Five key questions for the Queensland Reds

Queensland Reds will play out the season without Liam Gill.

Phil Lutton Player movements, Karmichael Hunt, key games and where's Liam Gill?

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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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State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

Jarryd_hayne

Phil Lutton State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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League

The Jamal Idris deal: Winners and losers

Idris

Phil Lutton It's barely 2014 and already the first shock-horror NRL player defection/trade/offload/coup has come and gone. Quick everyone – shut your eyes and when you wake up, it will be October.

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Ex-captain Thaiday to ditch 'Katy Perry' football

Veterans Justin Hodges and Corey Parker will lead the Broncos as co-captains.

Phil Lutton Sam Thaiday says the decision to step down as Broncos captain was hard - but was also his.

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Sam Thaiday's Broncos captaincy victim to change for change's sake

Phil Lutton Something had to give. The Brisbane Broncos don't have the worst season in their history, then simply front up as if everything was going according to plan.

Opinion

Lote Tuqiri a good buy for South Sydney Rabbitohs

Phil Lutton dinkus

Phil Lutton Maybe short-term deals with vets like Tuqiri will become the norm, rather than a novelty, as coaches try to pad their squads with not only talent, but experience.

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Half measures: How the Brisbane Broncos pivots stack up

Ben Barba

Phil Lutton Throughout their short but disproportionately successful life as an NRL club, the Brisbane Broncos have thought long and hard about opening the wallet in the player market.

Live: Broncos v Bulldogs

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Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Bulldogs

NRL

Renouf demands audit of 'anti-Wayne' Broncos

Steve Renouf

Phil Lutton Brisbane great Steve Renouf has joined a growing chorus of dissatisfaction with his former club, urging the Broncos to call in independent auditors to tear apart the football operations as Red Hill...

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League

'Outrage' in Cowboys country over referees' error

Cowboys Petition

Phil Lutton North Queensland management want to move on from the refereeing bungle but Cowboy country remains in meltdown, writes Phil Lutton.

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NRL:

Live: Broncos v Panthers

Petero Civoniceva

Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Panthers

History won't repeat against bigmouthed Manly: Thurston

Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston attacks the Sea Eagles line earlier this year.

Phil Lutton Johnathan Thurston has crowned Manly as the game's best verbal provocateurs and expects a torrent of chatter when the Cowboys head to Sydney for their sudden-death final on Friday night.

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Rugby league

Officiating is a touchie subject for Thurston

Johnathan Thurston

Steve Mascord, Phil Lutton KANGAROOS five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has labelled touch judges glorified fans, resulting in an invitation to referees headquarters so their roles can be explained.