Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

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

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.

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Nothing 'murky' about Ben Barba deal, says Broncos

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19: Ben Barba in the awrm up before the game during the round 10 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Hunter Stadium on May 19, 2013 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

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Phil Lutton The Broncos have their man, with Ben Barba joining the club on a three-year deal from next season.

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Wayne Bennett axes Brisbane Broncos' co-captain system, wants Darius Boyd and Russell Packer at Brisbane Broncos

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Knights training at Balance Field, Mayfield. Picture shows coach Wayne Bennett, left, and Darius Boyd, right.
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Phil Lutton Wayne Bennett has arrived home, pledging to help return the aura to his Brisbane Broncos and confirming this would be the final stop in his storied coaching career.

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Bullish Renouf backs Broncos to stun Cowboys

Broncos great Steve Renouf.

Phil Lutton Broncos great Steve Renouf believes Ben Hunt can lead Brisbane to its greatest triumph of the post-Bennett era and storm North Queensland's seemingly impenetrable Townsville citadel on Saturday night.

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

Brisbane's Alex Glenn tries to break clear of the Tigers' defence.

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.

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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.

Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons thriving in 'small ball' NRL

After both bouncing back from poor 2013 seasons, the Broncos and Dragons coaches Anthony Griffin and Steve Price are set to face off.

Phil Lutton Before the NRL season started, the only questions about the Broncos and St George-Illawarra seemed to be which coach would be sacked the fastest.

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State of Origin winners and losers from Broncos-Titans

Unlikely to make the cut: Ben Barba.

Phil Lutton Who soared - and who came up short - in Broncos-Titans as players make their final audition for Origin spots.

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NRL investigates Brisbane Broncos for alleged salary cap breach

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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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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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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.

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.

Josh Hoffman to stay with Brisbane Broncos

Brisbane Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman.

Phil Lutton Josh Hoffman has ended the speculation around his immediate future at the Brisbane Broncos, telling members in a recorded phone message that he remains committed to the club.

Josh Hoffman to be traditional five-eighth in season opener

Josh Hoffman

Phil Lutton Football has the false nine. But Brisbane have abandoned plans for a double six on the eve of their season opener against the Bulldogs.

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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 All Stars

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Phil Lutton Live: NRL All Stars

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Maroons jersey still on the table

Barba

Phil Lutton FOOTBALL appears to be the furthest thing from the mind of Ben Barba as he begins the long process of dealing with the off-field issues that have clouded his rugby league future.

Thurston's laughing at scandal-free Townsville

Thurston

Phil Lutton It's only round two. Already, teams are falling apart. Cronulla have a win but the "tick, tick, tick" is deafening. The Raiders have sacked Josh Dugan.

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Untroubled Maroons cruising into Origin

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Phil Lutton While the state of New South Wales inhales after good news about Paul Gallen's knee, the anxiety north of the border among those responsible for picking Queensland's Origin squad chiefly surrounds...

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Charges, injury derail Mal's perfect Origin preparation

Cooper Cronk

Phil Lutton If death and taxes are life's certainties, then Origin must be at the other end of the spectrum. Even with a stranglehold on the interstate series and a settled core of champions, chaos theory has...

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