Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Cowboys must dine out on conspiracy theories

Phil Lutton That escalated quickly. The Phoney War between the Cowboys and the NRL has officially come to an end. Now, how to get the bayonets and mortars through airport security on the way to Sydney.

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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League

State of Origin: Queensland Maroons attack must come to life in series finale

Mal Meninga watches on during a captain's run at Suncorp Stadium.

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has finally surfaced. Now all the Maroons have to do is locate their misfiring attack as they try to stave off an Origin clean sweep at Suncorp Stadium.

Smith won't tell crowd to watch Gallen hoist Origin shield

Queenslanders shouldn't feel obliged to hang around to watch this tomorrow night, says Cameron Smith.

Phil Lutton Cameron Smith commands a great deal of respect in Queensland but can't command the Origin crowd to stay in their seat as Paul Gallen triumphantly hoists the shield.

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State of Origin winners and losers

Laurie Daley, Cooper Cronk, Jarryd Hayne

Phil Lutton Who fired and who floundered in this year's Origin series?

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League

Justin Hodges urges Daly Cherry-Evans to release pressure valve

Still learning the ropes: Queensland bench utility Daly Cherry-Evans.

Phil Lutton Maroons veteran Justin Hodges has urged Daly Cherry-Evans to put less expectation on himself as the Manly star desperately tries to stamp his class in the cut-throat theatre of representative...

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Rugby League

Cooper Cronk to return as Maroons try to stave off clean sweep

Return likely: Cooper Cronk is a good chance of returning for the final match of the Origin series.

Phil Lutton Queensland had to wait for one halfback prior to game two. Now they will sweat on another as Cooper Cronk makes an audacious bid to come back in time to help save the Maroons from a demoralising...

State of Origin: Maroons name Cooper Cronk

Cooper Cronk and Matt Scott talk tactics with Matt Gillett during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session.

Phil Lutton Cooper Cronk has been named to make his return from a broken arm and Corey Parker returns from a facial injury as the Maroons bolster their Origin squad for game three of the series.

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League

Cooper Cronk says there's no risk in Origin return

Cooper Cronk passes during game one of the 2014 State of Origin series.

Phil Lutton Cooper Cronk concedes he has a number of hurdles to leap before Origin III but insists he's not taking any significant risks as he returns to the Queensland fold from a broken arm.

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Meninga wants refs to take charge of 'fugly' Origins

'Fugly' Origin football

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has urged Origin referees Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton to crack down on the ceaseless niggle that turned game two into a 'fugly' exhibition of football instead of a free-flowing...

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State of Origin: End of a winning run that defied belief

Queensland captain Cameron Smith after the NSW win.

Phil Lutton After eight serene years of being able to create and execute seemingly at will, Queensland's State of Origin dynasty ended in a moment of fruitless frustration, the kind of pointless arm-waving that...

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State of Origin Live: Game two from Sydney

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Phil Lutton State of Origin Live: Game two from Sydney

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League

Queensland Maroons name squad for second State of Origin match

Anthony Milford Ben Hunt

Phil Lutton Queensland have named a 22-man squad for Origin II due to the high number of players under an injury cloud.

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League

Dodgy DCE knee has Hunt on Origin alert

Ben Hunt may be Queensland's halfback for State of Origin game two in Sydney.

Phil Lutton Ben Hunt didn't even know if he could make it in the NRL. Now he could be Queensland's halfback in an Origin for the ages.

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State of Origin: Cherry-Evans to tough it out in face of NSW assault

Racing the clock ... Maroons halfback Daly Cherry-Evans.

Phil Lutton Meninga doesn't believe NSW will target Cherry-Evans' injured knee.

Cameron Smith urges unity as Maroons lick their wounds

Phil Lutton Injuries to force Queensland to bring in fresh faces for game three.

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Rugby League

Guerra gets Maroon nod as Thaiday ruled out

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Phil Lutton Sam Thaiday will miss the Origin opener and Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra will make his debut as Queensland reshuffle their backrow ahead of the first game at Suncorp Stadium.

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Queensland's State of Origin report card

Phil Lutton Phil Lutton rates the Queensland State of Origin team.

Rugby League

Qld's Origin team of familiar faces

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04:  Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston of the Maroons celebrate victory after game three of the 2012 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 4, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Sydney Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra is the only new face in the Queensland State of Origin side after coach Mal Meninga unveiled the squad that will take aim at a ninth-consecutive series victory.

Lesser lights key to Queensland's Origin hopes

Queensland forward Chris McQueen.

Phil Lutton Roleplayers just as important as superstars for Meninga's Maroons.