Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Cherry on top after Broncos miss out on Smith

Phil Lutton The revolution at Red Hill won't start with Cameron Smith after all. It could be a blessing in disguise if the club succesfully directs its energy at what surely must be the new prime target.

Origin Live: Qld v NSW

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Phil Lutton Origin Live: Qld v NSW

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Queensland name unchanged squad for Origin III

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26:  (L-R) Darius Boyd, Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker of the Maroons sing the national anthem before 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 Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The setting was different, the names were the same. Queensland has unveiled an unchanged 17-man squad as the Maroons try to stretch their interstate domination to eight years.

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Rugby League

Axe sharpens up Papalii's technique to cut down Blues

Papalii

Phil Lutton Trevor Gillmeister, one of the best defenders rugby league has seen, has made a post-football career by teaching the dark art of how to scythe a man in twain.

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LIVE BLOG

Origin Live: NSW v Qld

NRL. STATE OF ORIGIN. Game 3. ANZ Stadium, Homebush.
Johnathan Thu
Wednesday 17th July, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Phil Lutton Origin Live: NSW v Qld

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The good oil: likely Origin team

Phil Lutton Queensland selectors will be breathing a sigh of relief as the countdown to the first team announcement continues, with halfback Cooper Cronk and prop David Shillington both cleared of any wrongdoing...

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League

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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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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Origin's man without a moment, and the kid with the magic touch

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Phil Lutton As Mitchell Pearce continues his quest for Origin fulfilment, Cooper Cronk's cup runneth over.

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Meninga has high hopes for a bruised Darius Boyd

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26: Darius Boyd of the Knights is pulled down during the round 11 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium on May 26, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The Queensland coach Mal Meninga says Boyd has until Friday to prove his fitness.

Meninga the man behind the Maroons' magic

Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton After seven years of success, Mal Meninga remains a puppet master capable of pulling all the right strings within his Queensland side, writes Phil Lutton.

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League

Maroons to unleash the backrow beast in Origin II

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Phil Lutton Queensland selectors are set to unleash Canberra backrower Josh Papalii in State of Origin II as part of a revamp that is also likely to feature Manly's classy number seven Daly Cherry-Evans.

League

Origin selections signal generational change in Maroons

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Josh Papalii  passes the ball during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at  Palmer Resort Coolum on May 29, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Queensland coach Mal Meninga has initiated a generational change within the Maroons with veterans David Shillington and Ashley Harrison dropped for game two in Brisbane

Petero still has an Origin role

Brisbane Broncos veteran Petero Civoniceva.

Phil Lutton Queensland Origin selectors have a handful of key decisions to make for their game one squad but dropping Petero Civoniceva isn't one of them, writes Phil Lutton.

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NRL:

Blues force decider

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Phil Lutton Live: NSW v Qld

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Blues send Queensland home beaten, bruised and bloody

State of Origin

Phil Lutton Beaten and beaten up, Queensland are retreating to Suncorp Stadium for an Origin decider nursing a squad sent through the gauntlet by a brutal Blues outfit convinced the sun has set on an...

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Rugby league

Treatment not fit for a Prince

Foundation Gold Coast Titans player Scott Prince.

Phil Lutton The Gold Coast Titans shouldn't be so hasty to enter post-Prince era, writes Phil Lutton.

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Super Friday shapes up as ultimate Origin audition

Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker will all be auditioning for Origin spots tomorrow night.

Phil Lutton Super Friday at Suncorp Stadium shapes as a mass State of Origin audition on both sides of the border, with the final blueprint of the Queensland and New South Wales squads destined to be influenced...

GI admits ‘pure luck’ as Maroons ride good grace to victory

Inglis

Phil Lutton If Queensland fans are looking for a staunch defence of the referees' decision to award Greg Inglis that controversial try last night, Inglis himself is about the last guy to ask.

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Maroons hopefuls in white-hot form

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Phil Lutton New South Wales will be confronted with a Maroons side stacked with in-form stars and a colossal bench when Mal Meninga unveils his squad tonight for the Origin opener.

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