Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Two years after his death, the Artie Beetson juggernaut rolls on

Beetson in action for Eastern Suburbs in 1976.

Phil Lutton In life, Artie Beetson was a giant of the game. In death he has become, in the words of brother Barry, a ''juggernaut''.

Rugby League

Babysitters could help keep errant players in line

Ryan Hoffman of the Melbourne Storm.

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.

Enforcer Papalii brings much-needed punch to the Maroons

Josh Papalii

Phil Lutton THE first thing you notice when you meet Josh Papalii in the flesh is he is built like a Samoan He-Man figure. That, and his still-strong New Zealand accent. Arise, NSW conspiracy theorists.

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League

Fearless Papalii a Maroon force to be reckoned with

Josh Papalii

Phil Lutton He may be New Zealand born, but Josh Papalii is proudly Logan-bred and a force of nature most Blues will be trying to avoid come Origin II.

Rugby League

Reality check has bruised Maroons hungry again

Cameron Smith

Phil Lutton They are a group of stars at the core of what has been called the greatest origin team of them all.

Too much praise blunts Maroons' edge

Maroons skipper Cameron Smith things adulation may have taken the edge off his side.

Phil Lutton They are a group of stars at the core of what has been called the greatest Origin team of them all. And they may have been damned with praise, with Cameron Smith conceding a glut of admiration at...

Rugby League

Meninga hits out over slurs

Nate Myles

Phil Lutton Nate Myles didn't get much of a chance to defend himself in origin I.

Origin Live: Qld v NSW

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Phil Lutton Origin Live: Qld v NSW

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Queensland name unchanged squad for Origin III

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26:  (L-R) Darius Boyd, Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker of the Maroons sing the national anthem before game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 26, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The setting was different, the names were the same. Queensland has unveiled an unchanged 17-man squad as the Maroons try to stretch their interstate domination to eight years.

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Maroon momentum vs Homebush hoodoo

Sam Thaiday and the Maroons celebrate a try in game two.

Phil Lutton Momentum belongs to Queensland heading into the Origin decider but the reawakened Maroons must contend with an unflattering record at ANZ Stadium if they want to seal an eighth-consecutive series.

State of Origin

Blues lack respect for Maroons: Smith

Cameron Smith

Phil Lutton Queensland captain Cameron Smith says Trent Merrin's attack to the head of Brent Tate in game two typified the lack of respect NSW took to Suncorp Stadium a fortnight ago.

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League

Cherry-Evans will become Maroons mainstay: Thurston

Daly Cherry-Evans

Phil Lutton It was 22 minutes, hopelessly out of position but never out of his depth. Daly Cherry-Evans is only 24 but after patiently waiting for his first Origin chance, he looked as if he'd played a dozen.

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LIVE BLOG

Origin Live: NSW v Qld

NRL. STATE OF ORIGIN. Game 3. ANZ Stadium, Homebush.
Johnathan Thu
Wednesday 17th July, 2013
Photos: Anthony Johnson

Phil Lutton Origin Live: NSW v Qld

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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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League

Ban Merrin more than a week: Thurston

Stink: Four players were sent to the sin bin afterf all-in brawl.

Phil Lutton Johnathan Thurston may have climbed out of a hospital bed to decimate the Blues but he had enough energy after the game to take aim at Trent Merrin’s ‘king hit’ on Maroons winger Brent Tate.

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Meninga scoffs at Gold Coast mayor's Origin bid

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14:  Mal Meninga gives out directions during the Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session on July 14, 2013 in Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Maroons coach Mal Meninga has swiftly poured cold water on a Gold Coast push to host an Origin at Metricon Stadium ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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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.

The power of one key for Maroons

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 One round to play, one spot to fill. Queensland selectors will keep an eagle eye on this weekend's NRL games before deciding on a key final addition to their State of Origin stocks.

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The good oil: likely Origin team

Phil Lutton Queensland selectors will be breathing a sigh of relief as the countdown to the first team announcement continues, with halfback Cooper Cronk and prop David Shillington both cleared of any wrongdoing...

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League

Charges, injury derail Mal's perfect Origin preparation

Cooper Cronk

Phil Lutton If death and taxes are life's certainties, then Origin must be at the other end of the spectrum. Even with a stranglehold on the interstate series and a settled core of champions, chaos theory has...

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