Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

State of Origin: Maroons name Cooper Cronk

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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State of Origin: Queensland Maroons attack must come to life in series finale

Mal Meninga watches on during a captain's run at Suncorp Stadium.

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has finally surfaced. Now all the Maroons have to do is locate their misfiring attack as they try to stave off an Origin clean sweep at Suncorp Stadium.

Maroons' Will Chambers at centre of assault complaint

Will Chambers

Phil Lutton Queensland coach Mal Meninga will come under pressure to stand down Will Chambers after the Maroons winger found himself at the centre of an assault allegation a week out from the third State of...

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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...

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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Queensland Maroons name squad for second State of Origin match

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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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Maroons increasingly optimistic Inglis will play

Phil Lutton Queensland are becoming cautiously optimistic on the Origin prospects of superstar centre Greg Inglis as coach Mal Meninga insists there's no panic in his injury-ridden side a week out from the...

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Maroons in freefall as Corey Parker joins injury list

Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton Just when Queensland thought their injury dramas couldn't get any worse, the Maroons have lost lock Corey Parker to a facial fracture, ruling him out of game two in Sydney next week.

Fear not a dirty word as Meninga, Maroons confront history

Mal Meninga has told his Maroons not to ignore the prospect of this happening again.

Phil Lutton Meninga urges players to stare down prospect of losing.

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Meninga the man behind the Maroons' magic

Mal Meninga

Phil Lutton After seven years of success, Mal Meninga remains a puppet master capable of pulling all the right strings within his Queensland side, writes Phil Lutton.

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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.

The power of one key for Maroons

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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Hodges rattled enough to consider Maroons changes

justin hodges

Phil Lutton It was only one line from Justin Hodges. But it provided a peek behind the iron curtain of a Queensland Origin side that has rarely doubted its ability to dominate, let alone rebound from defeat.

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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.

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Origin selections signal generational change in Maroons

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Josh Papalii  passes the ball during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at  Palmer Resort Coolum on May 29, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Queensland coach Mal Meninga has initiated a generational change within the Maroons with veterans David Shillington and Ashley Harrison dropped for game two in Brisbane

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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Maroons vow more ball time for Inglis

Controversy around Greg Inglis's Origin eligibility isn't going anywhere.

Phil Lutton Queensland's worst fears came true in Origin one when Greg Inglis failed to get anywhere near enough ball to terrorise NSW. The Maroons have vowed to make sure history doesn't repeat in game two.

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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...

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Te'o assault claim throws Maroons into turmoil

Ben Te'o

Phil Lutton, Marissa Calligeros Queensland's State of Origin preparations were thrown off course on Wednesday as the Ben Te'o saga engulfed the Coolum camp when Katie Lewis, the woman who alleges he assaulted her, took her case to...

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