Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

The Rugby Championship: Rocks and diamonds with Wallaby Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper, whether he plays well, poorly or somewhere in between, will always be the most-scrutinised Wallaby when he's in the team.

Quade Cooper to grasp Olympic dream as ARU prepares to unveil new deal

Quade Cooper smiles during an Australian Wallabies captain's run at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane.

Phil Lutton Chance to compete alongside the cream of world sport at the Rio Olympics convinced the five-eighth to remain in Australia.

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Michael Cheika: Wallabies' victory over South Africa doesn't guarantee spots

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18:  Wallabies coach Michael Cheika celebrates with Tevita Kuridrani of the Wallabies after winning the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on July 18, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton A win doesn't mean there won't be changes for the Wallabies.

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Quade Cooper to stay in Australian rugby and head to Rio Olympics

Staying: Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper will head to the Rio Olympics instead of joining French club Toulon.

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Tevita Kuridrani positive he scored Wallabies' contentious match-winning try

Praise: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika celebrates with Tevita Kuridrani.

Phil Lutton Tevita Kuridrani.... never in doubt. The man himself knew he'd scored the match-winning try despite the TMO review.

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Resurgent Wallabies stun Springboks with miracle try to Tevita Kuridrani

Try time: Wallabies veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper celebrates scoring.

Phil Lutton Michael Cheika wanted his Wallabies to simply make the fans proud. They would do better than that after lifting themselves off the canvas to produce a morale-boosting, last-gasp victory over the...

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Wallabies fullback Israel Folau relaxed as he takes first steps on road to World Cup

Talking tactics: Quade Coooper, Will Genia and Israel Folau talk during an Australia Wallabies training session at Ballymore Stadium.

Phil Lutton Israel Folau will be under pressure to deliver but says he doesn't feel the pressure to shine

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Michael Cheika says Quade Cooper is not in Wallabies side as an experiment

Undecided: Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper won't be giving up his Wallaby number 10 jumper without a fight.

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Michael Cheika made right calls on Wallaby selection of Quade Cooper, says Graham Henry

Undecided: Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Graham Henry believes Michael Cheika has made all the right moves with his first team selection.

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Springboks great says Scott Higginbotham can add new dimension to Wallabies

Scott Higginbotham signs autographs during an Australian Wallabies Fan Day at the Queen St Mall Stage

Phil Lutton South African great Bob Skinstad believes Wallabies number eight Scott Higginbotham is an ace up the sleeve of Michael Cheika.

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Quade Cooper, Will Genia and Matt Giteau to start for Wallabies against Springboks

Number 10: Quade Cooper will play at five-eighth against the Springboks.

Phil Lutton Michael Cheika has unveiled his team to face the Springboks in Brisbane on Saturday night.

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Wallaby Will Skelton ready to rumble after new ARU deal

Mission: Wallabies lock Will Skelton is out to prove that lock is not a problematic position for Australia.

Phil Lutton Will Skelton says Australia's big men are ready to rumble ahead of the World Cup and Rugby Championship.

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Springboks say Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell face pace shock in Wallaby returns

Matt Giteau

Phil Lutton Springboks halfback Ruan Pienaar says Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell may be in for an initial shock.

Matt Giteau brings traits of Darren Lockyer to Wallabies, says Israel Folau

Matt Giteau of the Wallabies is tackled during an Australian Wallabies training session at Sunshine Coast Stadium on July 7, 2015.

Phil Lutton Israel Folau says Matt Giteau has the same traits as one of rugby league's greatest players.

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Wallabies star Quade Cooper says 'tunnel vision' helps him block out contract dramas

Enigma: Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper was throwing dummies galore at his press conference on Monday.

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Michael Cheika on a mission to restore the faith in Wallabies

Phil Lutton Michael Cheika says the Wallabies are on a mission to win back fans of little faith

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Matt Giteau says he'll step down from Wallabies if he fails to fire

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06:  Matt Giteau takes on the defence during an Australian Wallabies training session at Sunshine Coast Stadium on July 6, 2015 on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Matt Giteau wants to justify his inclusion back in the Wallabies.

Reality dawns as Cheika prepares to show first World Cup hand

Ready to spring a surprise?: Michael Cheika.

Phil Lutton The Wallabies have just four games to lock down as many as 13 selection dilemmas as reality dawns on the Australians,

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Clock ticking as pressure builds on Wallabies' 2015 Rugby World Cup prep

Phil Lutton The pressure is building on Michael Cheika to get his ducks in a row ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Kurtley Beale, an Aboriginal Wallaby trying to fill in the blanks

Boxing on: Kurtley Beale wants to  foster the code among Indigenous athletes.

Phil Lutton Kurtley Beale feels parts of him are missing until he can trace his indigenous heritage

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