Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

The punch: Paul Gallen, Nate Myles and the death of Origin fights

Phil Lutton, Brad Walter The gentrification of Origin football started before the 39th minute of game one, 2013, but this would be the one-two combination that swiftly disinfected the greatest game of all.

State of Origin spot begging, if Dave Taylor rises to occasion

Phil Lutton The accepted wisdom from players when it comes to State of Origin selection is to worry about your club first and then the rest, like magic, will simply take care of itself.

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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...

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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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.

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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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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State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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Phil Lutton State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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'Outrage' in Cowboys country over referees' error

Cowboys Petition

Phil Lutton North Queensland management want to move on from the refereeing bungle but Cowboy country remains in meltdown, writes Phil Lutton.

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Officiating is a touchie subject for Thurston

Johnathan Thurston

Steve Mascord, Phil Lutton KANGAROOS five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has labelled touch judges glorified fans, resulting in an invitation to referees headquarters so their roles can be explained.

Untroubled Maroons cruising into Origin

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Phil Lutton While the state of New South Wales inhales after good news about Paul Gallen's knee, the anxiety north of the border among those responsible for picking Queensland's Origin squad chiefly surrounds...

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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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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Hayne blasts Myles for 'headbutting' running style

Nate Myles.

Phil Lutton and Chris Barrett A bruised and battered Nate Myles emerged from the Queensland dressing rooms to defend his tackling technique after it was called into question by NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne, who has accused him of...

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Origin Live: NSW v Queensland

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Phil Lutton Live: NSW v Queensland

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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.

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Maroons to unleash the backrow beast in Origin II

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Phil Lutton Queensland selectors are set to unleash Canberra backrower Josh Papalii in State of Origin II as part of a revamp that is also likely to feature Manly's classy number seven Daly Cherry-Evans.

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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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

Meninga hits out over slurs

Nate Myles

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