Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Half measures: How the Brisbane Broncos pivots stack up

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.

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.

Broncos need a rock star and Barba's looking for a band

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19: Ben Barba of the Bulldogs in the warm 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)

Phil Lutton The Broncos must throw the kitchen sink at Ben Barba if he follows through with plans for a move north, writes Phil Lutton.

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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
The Sydney Morning Herald5

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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NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

Josh Dugan

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

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

cronk

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

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State of Origin

Master of pushing right buttons to fire up the Maroons machine

Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton It has been suggested Mal Meninga is to rugby league coaching what John Buchanan was to Australian cricket, although with much more substantial thighs.

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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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NRL:

Cowboys too hot to handle for Broncos

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Matthew Bowen (r) of the Cowboys celebrates a try with team mates  during the First NRL Elimination Final match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at Dairy Farmers Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Live: Cowboys v Broncos

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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NRL

Thaiday tweaks his leadership approach

Sam Thaiday

Phil Lutton A change is going to come for Sam Thaiday, irrespective of the five-week countdown he is undertaking on the way to becoming a new father.

Rugby League

Work-in-progress Broncos surprise even themselves

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27:  Josh Hoffman of the Broncos celebrates as he runs towards the tryline to score a try during the round eight NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on April 27, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The good times keep rolling at Red Hill. Brisbane’s reputation grows in stature by the week, with a sustained six-game burst of excellence and seven-and-one season start surprising everyone,...

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Newman, O'Farrell join forces to keep Origin

Origin

Phil Lutton Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has joined with his NSW counterpart Barry O’Farrell in urging the NRL not to give State of Origin a permanent home in Melbourne.

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NRL

Civoniceva swansong to fire up Maroons

Petero Civoniceva

Phil Lutton ANOTHER farewell tour is about to begin at Red Hill and rumble right through the middle of an Origin series.

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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Civoniceva set for Origin swansong

Petero Civoniceva has been a pillar in the Maroons forward pack.

Phil Lutton Another farewell tour is about to begin at Red Hill and rumble right through the middle of an Origin series.

Roma roaming as Big Mal takes team to Artie's home

Nate Myles

Phil Lutton IN THE early 1980s, when sledging and abuse on the rugby league field held no subjects as taboo, Mal Meninga could barely have made himself more of a target if he painted concentric circles on his...

Maroons hopefuls in white-hot form

Maroons

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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Origin Live: Qld v NSW

State of Origin

Phil Lutton Live: Qld v NSW

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Brisbane hold off Warriors in grandstand finish

Russell Packer

Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Warriors

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