Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby

Horwill locks in deal with Reds and ARU

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.

Rugby

Would James O'Connor be worth the risk for the Queensland Reds?

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Phil Lutton James O'Connor wants to come home to Queensland. But is the former Wallaby needed – or wanted – by the Reds?

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THE CONVERT

Folau silences his doubters - and how

Phil Lutton Before Saturday night’s Test against the British and Irish Lions, the question had been asked over and over again: Is Israel Folau, a rookie code convert, really ready for international rugby?

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No Wallaby safe under McKenzie: skipper

WALLABIES AFR PHOTOGRAPH BY GLENN HUNT 9th July 2013.
NEWS - New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie speaking to media in Brisbane about his appointment.

Phil Lutton James Horwill says reputations will mean nothing in the new Wallaby regime as Ewen McKenzie begins scouring the country's playing stocks ahead of his first Test in charge against the All Blacks.

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Quade Cooper keen to lead a Wallabies comeback

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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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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

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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Rugby

Ioane faces questions over talk of switching

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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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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

Wallabies job at bottom of Deans-McKenzie maul

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Phil Lutton It’s hard to believe such a mythical place exists in Australian rugby at the moment but the events of the past few days go beyond Quade Cooper.

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Genia wants 400,000 reasons to stay

Will Genia

Phil Lutton Will Genia's management has set the star halfback's price at lofty $400,000 per season as the Queensland Reds fight to retain the signature of their influential Wallaby playmaker.

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Genia holds out for offer but hints at moving on

Will Genia

Phil Lutton WILL GENIA'S management has set the star halfback's price at a lofty $400,000 a season as the Queensland Reds fight to retain the signature of their influential Wallabies playmaker.

Reds shock: Genia agrees big-money move to Force

Genia

Phil Lutton Queensland Reds star halfback Will Genia has signed with the Western Force and will move to Perth for the 2013 season.

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Rugby

Genia pockets $600k in shock defection to Western Force

Will Genia

Phil Lutton After playing a starring role in his side’s victory over the Auckland Blues at Eden Park on Friday night, Will Genia sat down with Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie at midnight and told him he was...

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Pub incident to the background, Cooper re-signs with Reds

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper knows how to turn a game in his favour. While explaining away one unwanted headline, he gave Queensland rugby fans the news they had been craving all season.

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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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What's eating Quade Cooper?

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Phil Lutton An easy way out of the Quade Cooper discussion is to just call him "mercurial" or "enigmatic", which is a neat way of saying "we're not sure what's going on either".

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Rugby

Critical Cooper ready to kick Wallabies career into touch

QUade

Phil Lutton QUADE COOPER is on the verge of walking away from rugby union.

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Reds haven't given up hope on Cooper

Controversial Reds pivot Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper's relationship with Robbie Deans and the ARU might radiate about as much warmth as a polar icecap but the Queensland Reds haven't given up hope of retaining their star five-eighth for...