Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby

Quade Cooper in the firing line for stoush with Waratahs

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Reds coach Richard Graham says it's time to end the debate about Quade Cooper's defence as the five-eighth continues to improve on one of the most critically analysed aspects of his game.

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Queensland Reds won't be stuck in the ruck: Will Genia

Will Genia

Phil Lutton Reds halfback Will Genia concedes the Reds were suckered into a series of smash-up derbies against the Brumbies last season and insists they’ll be armed with smarter tactics in Canberra on Saturday...

Rugby

Aidan Toua no overnight success for Queensland Reds

Queensland Reds flyer Aidan Toua.

Phil Lutton Rise to Reds jersey been 12 months in the planning and three years in the making.

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Quade Cooper fit to play Super Rugby opener

Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Just four days after being stretchered from Ballymore in a neck brace, a thankful Quade Cooper has declared himself ready to take on the Brumbies in Queensland's Super Rugby opener in Canberra on...

Rugby Union

Quade Cooper suffers neck injury

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds found themselves in the midst of a Valentines Day nightmare as star five-eighth Quade Cooper was stretchered off wearing a neck brace.

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James Horwill: I have nothing to prove

James Horwill

Phil Lutton Queensland Reds skipper James Horwill says he has nothing to prove after his difficult Wallabies Spring Tour and believes he has settled on the right balance between aggression in the forwards and...

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Rugby

Quade Cooper wins over hearts and minds of critics

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton For a long time, it seemed as if Quade Cooper couldn't put a foot right in front of the Australian rugby public.

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Rugby

Leave Ben Mowen out of future plan: Farr-Jones

Ben Mowen

Chris Dutton and Phil Lutton Former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones says he wouldn't pick skipper Ben Mowen for this year's Tests, urging coach Ewen McKenzie to look towards building a team for the 2015 World Cup.

Wallabies door open for Ben Mowen: Ewen McKenzie

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Ben Mowen of the Wallabies looks dejected at full time during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Ben Mowen

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie says he won’t shut the selection door on Wallaby captain Ben Mowen, who will walk away from the Australian game at the end of the Super Rugby season to take up a deal in France.

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Rugby

Excuses have run out for O'Connor

James O'Connor

Phil Lutton It was only a matter of weeks ago that James O'Connor was standing in a foyer at Brisbane's Hilton Hotel speaking about the chat that saved his career.

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Anthony Milford unlikely to join Queensland Reds

Canberra Raiders star Anthony Milford appears unlikely to be joining the Queensland Reds next season.

Phil Lutton The plot has thickened when it comes to the whereabouts of Anthony Milford in 2014 but an audacious switch to rugby union seems remote despite his manager putting the Queensland Reds on the table.

Rugby

Lynagh sinks in boot as feel-good factor ends for McKenzie

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Wallaby great Michael Lynagh has ripped into the Wallabies after they were walloped by the Springboks in Brisbane.

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Rugby Union

Live: Wallabies v Springboks

Will Genia of the Wallabies

Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v Springboks

The honey-badger and getting the meat

New Wallaby Nick Cummins.

Phil Lutton Sekope Kepu, the softly spoken Wallaby prop, couldn't help but burst into a wry smile as Nick Cummins riffed about the new-look Australian backline, in a very Australian way.

Rugby

Schatz's emotional strength through family pain leads to debut dream with Wallabies

Jake Schatz

Phil Lutton Terry Schatz has never listened to the mug punters. Not surprisingly, he's long contended that ''every team needs a Jake''. In his son, the Wallabies have one.

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McKenzie puts O'Connor on the straight and narrow

James O'Connor

Phil Lutton James O'Connor says a candid, no-holds-barred conversation with Ewen McKenzie has put him on the path to rugby redemption, with the Wallaby winger admitting he has struggled with life in the...

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Rugby

McKenzie's Wallabies wish list

Ewen McKenzie.

Phil Lutton and Paul Cully Ewen McKenzie has named his first Wallabies training squad - now the tough work begins. Phil Lutton and Paul Cully look at five things on the coach's wish list.

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Quade Cooper keen to lead a Wallabies comeback

QUade

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper has not only returned to the Wallabies but wants to become a leader of the side desperate to regroup after a mauling at the hands of the British and Irish Lions.

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Quade Cooper thrilled at Wallabies return

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper has responded to his selection in Ewen McKenzie's first Wallaby squad with "pure excitement" as he prepares to make a long-awaited return to the green and gold.

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Rugby

McKenzie will cast net wide for Bledisloe Cup

Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Incoming Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has told fringe contenders to keep their phones on as he narrows down the stocks for his initial squad to face the All Blacks on August 17 in Sydney.

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