Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

James O'Connor's return to Queensland a perfect fit for prodigal son

Phil Lutton After drama-filled stints at the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels, James O'Connor believes he has found his perfect Super Rugby home, vowing to finally fulfil his potential after signing a two-year...

Hunt, O'Connor not quick fixes: Genia

Reds signing Karmichael Hunt attends his final game as an AFL player.

Phil Lutton Reds' problems won't be fixed by high-profile signings, says Will Genia.

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Reds say O'Connor here to stay despite French reports

Queensland Reds signing: James O'Connor.

Phil Lutton Queensland Rugby Union chief executive Jim Carmichael says new signing James O'Connor has committed to the Reds for two years, despite reports out of France the former Test winger was heading back to...

Queensland Reds roll dice on James O'Connor and Karmichael Hunt

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James O'Connor in action during the 3rd Rugby Test of the Wallabies v British and Lions at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. 6th July 2013
Photograph by Dallas Kilponen James O'Connor and Karmichael Hunt, new Queensland Reds signings.

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds will roll the dice on its highest-profile gamble since Wendell Sailor when James O'Connor and Karmichael Hunt are officially unveiled as blue-chip signings in Brisbane on Friday...

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Horror Reds season ends amid familiar themes

Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs skips past Liam Gill of the Reds during Saturday's match.

Phil Lutton The season of the Queensland Reds ended amid a chorus of familiar themes; missed tackles, schoolboy errors, yet more injuries and to top it all off, a record defeat at the hands of the finals-bound...

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Reds refuse to buy into O'Connor reports

James O'Connor

Phil Lutton Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham has endorsed James O'Connor as a quality footballer but refused to confirm reports the former Wallaby had already agreed to a two-year deal at Ballymore.

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Horwill trusts coach, CEO to make right call on O'Connor

Reds skipper James Horwill.

Phil Lutton Reds captain James Horwill hasn't been in touch with James O'Connor since the former Wallaby departed for Europe but says QRU powerbrokers wouldn't want his services unless they were confident he...

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Live: Reds v Highlanders

Will Genia

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Highlanders

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Queensland Reds down but far from out, says coach Richard Graham

Richard Graham (Head Coach) of the Queensland Reds.

Phil Lutton When the Queensland Reds confronted their 2014 draw, seeing just one match in the first five pencilled in at home hardly had QRU powerbrokers racing down to the cellar to fetch the good bubbly.

Stunned Reds left speechless by Crusaders hiding

Horror show: Reds captain James Horwill and Richard Graham.

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds are officially out of answers after being humiliated by the Crusaders in a one-sided romp at Suncorp Stadium.

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Live: Reds v Stormers

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Stormers

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Reds return to Super Rugby's winner's list with narrow victory over Stormers

Winning night: WIll Genia and the Reds had to work hard to beat the Stormers.

Phil Lutton There's no place like home for the Queensland Reds, who highlighted their love of Suncorp Stadium with a pressure-relieving 22-17 Super Rugby victory over the Stormers on Saturday night.

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Turner joins injury list as Slipper turns up heat

James Slipper

Phil Lutton Queensland Reds prop James Slipper says his side has reached its first 'must-win' game for the season as another top-line backline star joins the injury list.

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Rugby shoots itself in the foot with TMO madness

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Phil Lutton In the end the Queensland Reds, having indulged in what one must imagine to be a breath as deep as the Marianas Trench, decided to heed the advice of all good mothers: 'If you haven't got anything...

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Five things we learned about the Queensland Reds

Ton up: Will Genia.

Phil Lutton After two months of losses, the Reds are finally back in the winner's list. Here's five things we found out after their 38-31 victory over the Highlanders on Friday night.

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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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Live: Reds v Cheetahs

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Cheetahs

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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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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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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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