Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby League

Babysitters could help keep errant players in line

Joe Barton, Phil Lutton Melbourne Storm and NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman says he is in no need of babysitting on a night out, but admits employing minders could help players who can't help themselves.

State of Origin

Maroons big up their chances in physical battle

Matthew Scott

Phil Lutton The Maroons think critics have missed a trick if they believe their side is chronically underpowered going into the Origin opener in Sydney

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League

Selectors face difficult choice over Maroons' game two squad

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23:  The Maroons celebrate a try during game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Etihad Stadium on May 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Breaking up is hard to do. But sometimes people, footballers even, just grow apart. Sigh.

Rugby League

Meninga hits out over bar exit story

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Phil Lutton Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga has described being asked to leave a Brisbane bar as a "storm in a teacup" and criticised media coverage of it.

League

Mal slams media as integrity unit finds no case to answer

Meninga defends bar incident (Thumbnail)

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga went on the front foot on Thursday saying it was an embarrassment to lump his incident in a Brisbane bar next to the Blake Ferguson scandal.

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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:

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

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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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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