Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for

Bledisloe Cup 2015: Wallabies rally around Quade Cooper for All Blacks showdown

Phil Lutton Stephen Moore has told Quade Cooper he has the emphatic backing of the entire Wallabies squad and urged critics to temper their verdicts.

Bledisloe Cup 2015: Michael Cheika not fazed by Quade Cooper's army of critics

Smear campaign: Quade Cooper trains with the Wallabies at Eden Park on Friday.

Phil Lutton Michael Cheika won't be quite as well-received in New Zealand if the Wallabies win the Bledisloe Cup.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: I would have been weak not to pick Quade Cooper, says Cheika

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06:  Wallabies coach Michael Cheika looks on during an Australian Wallabies team photo session on August 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper gets the chance to silence his doubters at Eden Park.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: Quade Cooper a risk but the rewards are intoxicating for the Wallabies

Under the microscope: Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton While smug grins have suddenly spread like a viral infection across New Zealand, it only masks issues of their own.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: Quade Cooper to start for Wallabies against All Blacks

MENDOZA, ARGENTINA - JULY 25:  Quade Cooper of Australia fights for the ball with Facundo Isa of Argentina during a match between Australia and Argentina as part of The Rugby Championship 2015 at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas on July 25, 2015 in Mendoza, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper will be given the chance to slay some of his demons in New Zealand when he returns to the Wallabies starting side at Eden Park on Saturday night.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: Stephen Moore faces his sternest Test as Wallaby leader

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore acknowledges the Bledisloe Cup decider against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday represents the biggest test of his fledgling captaincy.

Phil Lutton Stephen Moore said the Wallabies haven't been stopping to smell the roses on the way to Eden Park.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: Wallabies unite behind Michael Cheika for their shot at history

Winning culture: Adam Ashley-Cooper at the Wallabies recovery session at Coogee Beach.

Phil Lutton Adam Ashley-Cooper has been in try-scoring form for the Wallabies.

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Scott Fardy backs fluid Wallabies selections up until World Cup

The rock: Wallabies forward Scott Fardy.

Phil Lutton Scott Fardy says Wallaby fans can continue to expect selection surprises.

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Nic White glad to make some happy memories against All Blacks

Try time: Nic White heads towards the stripe late in the game on Saturday night.

Phil Lutton The Wallabies man of the hour, Nic White, said he was relishing the chance to create some good memories against the All Blacks after his match-winning cameo in the Bledisloe Cup opener.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: It's all White on the night as Wallabies stun All Blacks

Good as gold: Nic White scores the match-clinching try on Saturday night.

Phil Lutton Nic White would be the hero for the Wallabies as they beat the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: John Eales says Wallabies ready to rise against All Blacks

John Eales with the World Cup after defeating France in the final

Phil Lutton Wallaby great John Eales believes the Wallabies have taken mental strides under Michael Cheika's coaching.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: Tim Horan worried Wallabies coach Michael Cheika still tinkering ahead of World Cup

Concerns: Wallabies legend Tim Horan.

Phil Lutton Tim Horan has concerns that the Wallabies are still in a selection flux ahead of the World Cup.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: Wallabies centre Matt Giteau's task on Sonny Bill Williams one he'll relish

Phil Lutton Michael Cheika says Matt Giteau may not have the size but he has the heart to bring down Sonny Bill Williams.

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Bledisloe Cup 2015: David Pocock, Michael Hooper the progression we had to have, says Michael Cheika

No.8 feels great: Wallabies talisman David Pocock will be shifted to the back of the scrum against the All Blacks.

Phil Lutton David Pocock was still learning to shave last time he started a rugby match at number eight.

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Michael Cheika to let David Pocock, Michael Hooper loose against All Blacks

Wallabies vice-captain Michael Hooper returns to the starting side.

Phil Lutton Michael Hooper and David Pocock will both start against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe opener at ANZ Stadium

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Michael Hooper free to play for Wallabies against All Blacks after one-week ban

Sidelined: Michael Hooper.

Phil Lutton The bad news: Michael Hooper misses a game for Manly. The good news: He can play the All Blacks.

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Rob Simmons plays down injury concerns as Wallabies head home

Rob Simmons says he will be fit to play in Rugby Championship decider.

Phil Lutton Rob Simmons will get scans on his injured wrist but is confident of taking on the All Blacks.

Quade Cooper tweet: Playmaker insists he has no issue with Wallabies

X-rated: Quade Cooper's mysterious tweet.

Phil Lutton Wallaby says he regrets resorting to foul language on social media.

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Bledisloe Cup fears for Michael Hooper after Wallabies flanker cited for alleged punch

Tough shift: Michael Hooper in action in Mendoza.

Phil Lutton Michael Hooper may be in hot water ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney after being cited over an incident in the victory over Los Pumas.

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Michael Cheika's Wallabies to face their greatest test in All Blacks showdown

Winning feeling: The Wallabies pose for a photo after winning against Argentina.

Phil Lutton MENDOZA Michael Cheika had a plan for everything in Argentina, including telling his players to sing the national anthem as loudly as possible just in case the local performer once again forgot...

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