Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

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

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.

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.

Karmichael Hunt itching for success at the Reds

The phoney war is over for Karmichael Hunt.

Phil Lutton Barring a stint as a stout-legged, holding midfielder for the Roar, Karmichael Hunt has pretty much seen it all on his Tour De Australian Sport.

Reds 'totally' invested in seeing rookie Duncan Paia'aua succeed

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Phil Lutton Richard Graham says the Reds must invest in a total rugby approach to aid rookie number 10 Duncan Paia'aua, who has been backed to steer Queensland through the first half of the Super Rugby season.

Quade Cooper may take break from rugby to concentrate on boxing

Big two: Quade Cooper with new Reds signing Karmichael Hunt at training.

Phil Lutton Never shy to come up with the occasional trick play, Quade Cooper could have another up his sleeve as he seriously considers taking a rugby sabbatical after the World Cup to roll the dice on his...

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James Slipper to captain Queensland Reds in 2015 Super Rugby season

Leader: James Slipper has been handed the captaincy of the Reds.

Phil Lutton Wallaby prop James Slipper will captain the Queensland Reds for the 2015 Super Rugby season while Karmichael Hunt has been named as a vice-captain without even playing a game.

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James O'Connor knows he's on last warning as he signs on at Queensland Reds

New recruit: James O'Connor poses for a photo during a Queensland Reds media session at Ballymore Stadium.

Phil Lutton James O’Connor concedes Ballymore represents his Last Chance Saloon in Australian rugby but insists he has returned from Europe finally ready to fulfil his potential in the code.

Karmichael Hunt could be World Cup key: Jack Isaac

Karmichael Hunt could play a big role in the Wallabies' bid for World Cup glory.

Phil Lutton Karmichael Hunt’s six-month rugby career in France had the occasional memorable gaffe but his former coach believes the new Queensland Red can be a key part of Michael Cheika’s arsenal at...

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Karmichael Hunt has no regrets over concussions

Karmichael Hunt, happy to be moving to rugby union.

Phil Lutton As a rugby league player, Karmichael Hunt was famous for his fearless charges. When returning a kick, confronted with a descending army of opposing players, he would often grit the teeth, hope the...

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Rugby's revival need not be done in isolation

Phil Lutton If one thing has become crystal clear over the past 18 months, it's that Australian rugby hasn't been able to stumble on the right formula at the top level.

Karmichael Hunt's switch could be former coach Ewen McKenzie's World Cup legacy

Karmichael Hunt, happy to be moving to rugby union.

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie has made his exit from the game but may have left a lasting World Cup legacy in the form of Karmichael Hunt, with the Reds signing revealing a long chat with the former Australian coach...

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Pressure mounts on Bill Pulver to turn Wallabies around

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Phil Lutton In the provinces, murmurs of discontent are slowly being drowned out by the rattling of sabres.

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Hunt adds weight to rebuilding Reds

Karmichael Hunt's latest career move has him preparing for the Queensland Reds Super Rugby season.

Phil Lutton Karmichael Hunt says he's relishing his return to a more familiar code and has already put on some welcome bulk as he prepares to embark on his first pre-season with the Queensland Reds.

Di Patston quits as Wallabies team business manager

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Rory Callinan, Phil Lutton The Wallabies staffer who clashed with star back Kurtley Beale and sparked a major controversy over team management has quit.

ARU backs Di Patston after Kurtley Beale fracas

Kurtley Beale during a training drill.

Phil Lutton The Australian Rugby Union has thrown its full support behind Wallabies team business manager Di Patston after she returned from Argentina after a mid-air argument with Kurtley Beale.

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