Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby

Cooper behind Tapuai slump: Deans

Phil Lutton Wallaby coach Robbie Deans says Quade Cooper’s shortcomings as a player have had a hand in the fall from grace of Reds teammate and former Wallaby centre Ben Tapuai.

Rugby

Reds finally jump Sharks

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton The Super Rugby hopes of the Sharks, in the gloomy words of their coach, are dead. The Reds are very much alive after ‘dusting off’ some of their old tricks on the way to a drought-breaking triumph...

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Live: Reds v Sharks

Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Sharks

Reds looking to finally jump the Sharks

The Sharks bundle the Reds out of last year's finals race at Suncorp Stadium.

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds have managed to clear every hurdle in their path since their re-emergence as a force to be reckoned with in Super Rugby. Except one.

Snowball's chance as rugby chases its own GI

NRL star Greg Inglis.

Phil Lutton Leonard Snowball. Remember the name.

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Rugby

Reds searching for a creative opening

Will Genia

Phil Lutton Will Genia wants his Reds to let the ball sing on Friday night, having watched his forwards beat their head into a brick wall in Perth.

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Drop the beat and make it sing: Genia

Genia

Phil Lutton Will Genia wants his Reds to let the ball sing on Friday night, having watched his forwards beat their head into a brick wall in Perth.

Rugby

Where else but Queensland? Fit-again Horwill pledges future to Reds

Horwill

Phil Lutton With his Super Rugby future set in stone until the next World Cup, James Horwill has set his sights on making the Wallabies captaincy his own as Australia counts down to a mammoth international...

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Rugby

Horwill locks in deal with Reds and ARU

Queensland Reds and Wallabies skipper James Horwill.

Phil Lutton Reds captain James Horwill has taken the next step towards becoming a one-club man after signing a new deal with Queensland and the ARU.

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Union

The evolution of Quade Cooper

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07:  Quade Cooper poses after a press conference to announce he is staying with the Queensland Reds at Ballymore Stadium on December 7, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper's game is evolving, as is the man behind the jersey, writes Phil Lutton, who spoke with the Reds five-eighth about everything from Sonny Bill to Digby Ioane and his boxing ambitions.

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Rugby

McKenzie keeps troops focused on clean sweep of trans-Tasman rivals

Ioane

Phil Lutton There's always something happening when you have Digby Ioane on the books. But Reds coach Ewen McKenzie expects the winger and the rest of the side to shut out this week's nasty contract saga and...

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Rugby

Ioane faces questions over talk of switching

Ioane

Phil Lutton Queensland Rugby will seek an explanation from Digby Ioane's management to get to the bottom of suggestions the winger has been shopped around to other Australian provinces, contravening his contract.

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Opinion

Ioane a loss but Reds need to keep perspective

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  Digby Ioane of the Reds in action during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The tattoos aren't for everyone, even if there are enough to go around. But it's almost impossible to fault the way Digby Ioane approaches his rugby.

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Ioane leaving? News to us, say Reds

Phil Lutton If Digby Ioane is leaving, he hasn't told the Queensland Reds. And captain James Horwill has poured cold water on suggestions disputes over third party deals were at the heart of a number of contract...

Live: Reds v Brumbies

Liam Gill

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Brumbies

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Derby will decide real top dogs, says White

REDS

Phil Lutton Brumbies coach Jake White says Saturday's scrap with the Reds in Brisbane could represent a changing of the guard in Australian rugby as his ambitious side tries to usurp Ewen McKenzie's former...

McKenzie's mind game

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 13:  Reds coach Ewen McKenzie during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Reds at Waikato Stadium on April 13, 2013 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Reds coach Ewen McKenzie says he needs to manage the emotions of his players as the build-up continues for Saturday night's derby with the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium.

Rugby could learn something off Ricky's rant

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14:  Eels coach Ricky Stuart reacts during the round six NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels at Skilled Park on April 14, 2013 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Before Ricky Stuart walked into the press conference room at Skilled Park last Sunday night, there was the distinct feeling he was about to serve up something a little special.

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Rugby

Reds seek to keep emotions in check in build-up to clash

Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Reds coach Ewen McKenzie says he needs to manage the emotions of his playing group as the build-up continues for Saturday night's derby with the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium.

'It's massive': Reds make no bones about Brumbies clash

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 29:  Will Genia of the Reds offloads the ball during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Over the past three seasons, the Queensland Reds have made a healthy habit of not playing down their marquee games. Even before they really walked the walk, they never had issues talking the talk.

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