Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Smith the greatest hooker ever, says Meninga

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.

Rugby league

Treatment not fit for a Prince

Foundation Gold Coast Titans player Scott Prince.

Phil Lutton The Gold Coast Titans shouldn't be so hasty to enter post-Prince era, writes Phil Lutton.

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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

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.

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.

NRL:

Live: Broncos v Panthers

Petero Civoniceva

Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Panthers

NRL:

Cowboys too hot to handle for Broncos

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Matthew Bowen (r) of the Cowboys celebrates a try with team mates  during the First NRL Elimination Final match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at Dairy Farmers Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Live: Cowboys v Broncos

Petero still has an Origin role

Brisbane Broncos veteran Petero Civoniceva.

Phil Lutton Queensland Origin selectors have a handful of key decisions to make for their game one squad but dropping Petero Civoniceva isn't one of them, writes Phil Lutton.

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NRL:

Live: Broncos v Dragons

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Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Dragons

NRL

Civoniceva swansong to fire up Maroons

Petero Civoniceva

Phil Lutton ANOTHER farewell tour is about to begin at Red Hill and rumble right through the middle of an Origin series.

NRL

Civoniceva to retire at end of NRL season

Brisbane Broncos veteran Petero Civoniceva.

Phil Lutton Record-breaking forward Petero Civoniceva has announced he'll retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

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Civoniceva set for Origin swansong

Petero Civoniceva has been a pillar in the Maroons forward pack.

Phil Lutton Another farewell tour is about to begin at Red Hill and rumble right through the middle of an Origin series.

Super Friday shapes up as ultimate Origin audition

Daly Cherry-Evans, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker will all be auditioning for Origin spots tomorrow night.

Phil Lutton Super Friday at Suncorp Stadium shapes as a mass State of Origin audition on both sides of the border, with the final blueprint of the Queensland and New South Wales squads destined to be influenced...

Meninga's got big ideas for Queensland after naming mammoth bench

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30:  Mal Meninga calls out to his players during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Hyatt Coolum on June 30, 2011 in Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton MAL MENINGA insists Queensland retain the passion and the Maroons coach has the power to back it up, with one of the most physically imposing sides in Origin history unveiled in Brisbane last night.

Maroons hopefuls in white-hot form

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Phil Lutton New South Wales will be confronted with a Maroons side stacked with in-form stars and a colossal bench when Mal Meninga unveils his squad tonight for the Origin opener.

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If it ain't broke: Maroons squad unchanged

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Phil Lutton New South Wales may think it's broken after going close in game one but Queensland selectors have seen nothing that requires fixing, unveiling the same 17-man squad for the second Origin in Sydney on...

Origin subplot: Rating the Broncos-Rabbitohs Maroons connection

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Phil Lutton With Queensland being forced into changes for the State of Origin decider, Phil Lutton hands out his grades to the aspirants involved in Brisbane’s win over Souths last night.

Petero celebrates in style as Brisbane triumph

Broncos v Dragons live blog

Phil Lutton Live: Broncos v Rabbitohs

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Meninga will wait for Slater but has options at No.1

Billy Slater

Phil Lutton QUEENSLAND are destined to roll the dice on injured fullback Billy Slater, and surround him with an extended supporting cast, as they try to unearth the combinations to win next week's Origin decider...

Injured Slater named in Origin decider squad

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: David Shillington of the Maroons (L) rushes to congratulate Nate Myles after he scored during game three of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on July 7, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Injured star Bill Slater has been named in the starting side for Queensland as Mal Meninga gives his champion fullback a last-ditch chance to prove his fitness for the Origin decider.

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