Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Karmichael Hunt fined $30,000, stripped of vice-captaincy and banned six weeks by Queensland Reds and ARU for cocaine scandal

Phil Lutton Karmichael Hunt has been given a sporting lifeline and won't be sacked after pleading guilty to four counts of cocaine possession.

James O'Connor benefits from Quade Cooper's coaching as Reds get ready to face Waratahs

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 27: James O'Connor of the Reds keeps an eye on the action during the round three Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper may not be able to run out against the Waratahs but could yet play an influential role in the Reds' match against their arch-rivals on Saturday.

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Queensland Reds get not-so-gentle reminders about NSW Waratahs

Derby dual: Queenland Reds coach Richard Graham.

Phil Lutton Waratahs week at Ballymore has started with a flood of ex-players sending messages to coach Richard Graham, reminding him of how vital it is to give the Old Enemy a decent whack.

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Queensland Crime Commission interviews footballers over drug scandal

Former Brisbane Broncos star Karmichael Hunt has been charged with supplying cocaine.

Phil Lutton Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission investigators have started face-to-face meetings with some of the footballers facing cocaine charges as intrigue continues to grow around which domino may...

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Drugs scandal: Karmichael Hunt won't be selected for Queensland Reds' game against Highlanders

In limbo: Karmichael Hunt is facing four charges of supplying a dangerous drug.

Phil Lutton Karmichael Hunt won't be selected for the Reds to play the Highlanders on Friday night, with the club set to clarify whether the player will be allowed to train with the team.

Karmichael Hunt and Titans pair may be bit players in bigger drugs drama

Karmichael Hunt

Phil Lutton Professional footballers pride themselves on being in the right place at the right time. This was the day their luck may have finally run out.

We moved straight on: Queensland Reds skipper James Slipper

Phil Lutton Queensland Reds captain James Slipper says the players were stunned by the news of Karmichael Hunt's pending drug charges but discussed the matter for less than five minutes before moving on to...

Queensland Reds facing tough calls over Karmichael Hunt as trial looms

Hard times: Reds head coach Richard Graham.

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds have yet to decide how to handle Karmichael Hunt as the high-profile recruit begins the countdown to his March 5 court date, where he faces allegations of supplying cocaine.

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Queensland Reds put Karmichael Hunt drugs scandal aside to beat Western Force

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Chris Feauai-Sautia of the Reds breaks through the defence during the round two Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Force at Suncorp Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton After a week brewed in the fiery pits of Hell, then served up to Ballymore ice cold, the Queensland Reds needed something to smile about. And got it at a sodden Suncorp Stadium.

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Karmichael Hunt: the sporting prodigy who had it all

Young star: Karmichael Hunt in 2004.

Phil Lutton Until the news hit with the force of a tropical cyclone on Friday morning, Karmichael Hunt's reputation in whatever sport he touched appeared to be virtually spotless.

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ARU must look at signing South Sydney Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis, says Queensland Reds chief

Greg Inglis

Phil Lutton and Georgina Robinson Queensland Rugby Union chief Jim Carmichael says Australian rugby would not be doing its due diligence if it did not make a call to rugby league superstar Greg Inglis, who has indicated a code switch...

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Former All Blacks forward Adam Thomson to give Queensland Reds much-needed bost

Handy pick-up: Reds recruit Adam Thomson scores a try for the Barbarians against the Wallabies in November.

Phil Lutton Salvation for the Queensland Reds may start in the form of veteran All Black Adam Thomson as the province tries to repair the damage from an embarrassing 47-3 rout at the hands of the Brumbies.

ARU to challenge Di Patston adverse action claim

Ex-business manager: Di Patston

Georgina Robinson and Phil Lutton The Australian Rugby Union is expected to fight a discrimination claim brought by former Wallabies business manager Di Patston but may face a protracted and potentially embarrassing public...

Karmichael Hunt impresses at five-eighth as Queensland Reds smash Crusaders in trial game

In control: Karmichael Hunt, pictured in Cairns last week.

Phil Lutton Karmichael Hunt has done more than enough to earn his first Super Rugby start in the number 10 jumper after a rock-solid showing for the Queensland Reds in their final trial against the Crusaders.

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Karmichael Hunt gets his shot at vacant Queensland Reds' No.10 jersey

Karmichael Hunt.

Phil Lutton After an impressive first start in Australian rugby, Karmichael Hunt has been given an even bigger assignment with the code-hopper being named as number 10 for the Reds in their trial against the...

Queensland Reds powerbrokers Rod McCall and Jim Carmichael in firing line over fee structure

Under scrutiny: Reds chairman Rod McCall with James Horwill and coach Richard Graham. The Queensland powerbroker will have to answer questions from club bosses over a new funding structure.

Phil Lutton Queensland Rugby Union powerbrokers stand to be in the firing line on Saturday as furious clubs voice their concerns at the new fee structure set to slug the hip pockets of players.

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Queensland Reds rookie Duncan Paia’aua needs to improve before Super Rugby season kick-off

Modest beginning: Duncan Paia'aua attempts to ignite the attack during the Super Rugby trial match between the Queensland Reds and the Melbourne Rebels at Barlow Park in Cairns.

Phil Lutton It was always going to be a tough ask but the clock is ticking for Queensland Reds rookie Duncan Paia’aua to find some confidence with just two weeks to the opening round of the Super Rugby...

Queensland Reds recruit Karmichael Hunt makes successful debut, next up is James O'Connor

Fast track: Karmichael Hunt kicks for touch during the Super Rugby trial between Queensland Reds and the Melbourne Rebels.

Phil Lutton One down, one to go. Karmichael Hunt has made a successful debut for the Queensland Reds and all eyes now turn to James O’Connor, who makes his return to Australian rugby next Friday night in...

Karmichael Hunt steady as Reds toppled by Rebels

Karmichael Hunt of the Reds runs out in his return to rugby.

Phil Lutton There were moments of undoubted quality, as well as one he'll be glad wasn't televised to a mass audience.

Will Genia counts the hours till he can bring new daughter Olivia home

Big week: Reds halfback Will Genia will be back with his wife and baby Olivia on Sunday.

Phil Lutton Before Will Genia tries to deliver the Reds back to the Super Rugby finals the No.9 has an even more important mission – bringing home baby daughter Olivia for the first time.