Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

League

Justin Hodges urges Daly Cherry-Evans to release pressure valve

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...

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.

Justin Hodges injury cause for concern

Broncos centre Justin Hodges, back on crutches on Sunday afternoon.

Phil Lutton For a man whose involvement in any given week of the NRL is as predictable as Melbourne weather, this was about as definitive as it gets.

State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

Maroons

Phil Lutton State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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Brisbane Broncos' run to finals: Our predictions

Broncos winger Dale Copely.

Phil Lutton Winger Dale Copley hasn't lost faith in finals appearance.

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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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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

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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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

Origin fire ignites as Smith says hatred never dies

Cameron Smith and Paul Gallen

Phil Lutton In an era of contrived sporting rivalries, Cameron Smith says State of Origin is keeping it real. No matter how many things change, Queensland will always hate NSW and the Blues despise the Maroons.

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League

NSW Origin rookie Trent Hodkinson will have nowhere to hide, says Cameron Smith

Maroons skipper Cameron Smith

Phil Lutton Queensland will ensure Trent Hodkinson gets an 80-minute examination of his Origin credentials as the Blues halfback comes under the microscope a day out from the series opener in Brisbane.

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Smith the greatest hooker ever, says Meninga

Queensland skipper Cameron Smith.

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has declared his Origin skipper Cameron Smith the best hooker that's ever played the game and wished the Blues good luck in curtailing his influence in the Origin opener.

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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League

State of Origin II: Queensland selectors to wait on Greg Inglis, Billy Slater injuries

War wound: Billy Slater receives attention in Origin I.

Phil Lutton Queensland selectors will resist the urge to shake up their Origin side and give injured stars like Greg Inglis and Billy Slater every opportunity to prove their fitness before game two in Sydney...

NRL live: Broncos v Titans

Ben Hannant

Phil Lutton NRL live: Broncos v Titans

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.

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.