Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

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.

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

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.

Thaiday an Origin certainty despite injury

Maroons forward Sam Thaiday.

Phil Lutton Queensland forward Sam Thaiday will be picked for the Maroons on Monday despite a lingering concerns over the calf injury that has forced him out of Friday night's meeting between Brisbane and the...

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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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.

League

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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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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Live: Broncos v Cowboys

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Phil Lutton Live: Bronco v Cowboys

League

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: Broncos v Roosters

Michael Jennings

Phil Lutton Live NRL: Broncos v Roosters

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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.

Live: Broncos v Souths

Scott Prince

Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Souths

Idris makes Origin case against Broncos

Jamal Idris

Phil Lutton With just over a week until the Origin teams are named, Phil Lutton runs the rule over Queensland and NSW candidates from the Broncos-Titans derby.

League

'Not sorry': Big man McGuire on for Friday

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11:  Players from the Broncos and Eels scuffle as Josh McGuire of the Broncos and Mitch Allgood of the Eels  fight during the round nine NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos at Parramatta Stadium on May 11, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Josh McGuire is thanking his lucky stars he can play against the Titans on Friday. But that doesn’t mean he’s about to deliver a gushing apology for whacking Parramatta’s Mitchell Allgood at the...

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NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

Josh Dugan

Phil Lutton NRL Live: Broncos v Dragons

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Live: Broncos v Bulldogs

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Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Bulldogs