Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby

Aidan Toua no overnight success for Queensland Reds

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

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

Reds dawn: James O'Connor is set to relaunch his Wallabies career in Brisbane.

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...

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Rugby Union

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...

Rugby

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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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.

Reds predict 'bash fest' against Stormers

Returning Reds flanker Beau Robinson.

Phil Lutton No-frills Reds flanker Beau Robinson has predicted a ''bash fest'' against the Stormers on Saturday night in Brisbane as persistant rain threatens to turn an open game into trench warfare.

Union

Lachie Turner injury hands debut to Queensland Reds rookie Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds have turned to rookie Jamie-Jerry Taulagi as their backline injury list continues to expand ahead of their clash with the in-form Western Force on Saturday night in Brisbane.

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.

Rugby Union

Quade Cooper suffers neck injury

Quade Cooper.

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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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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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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Reds to keep Brumbies guessing on team

Mckenzie

Phil Lutton Jake White was wrong - Ewen McKenzie wasn't foxing when he said James Horwill and Ant Faingaa would be missing from the Reds' Super Rugby opener against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday.

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McKenzie keen to test Tahs' new game plan

Ewen McKenzie.

Phil Lutton THE stodgy Waratahs of seasons past seem to have been put on the shelf under new coach Michael Cheika and marquee recruit Israel Folau, who it is hoped can inspire NSW to a new era of attacking rugby.

From clunker to beast: F'Sautia fine-tuned for run with Reds

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19:  Chris F'Sautia of the Reds in action during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Lions at Suncorp Stadium on May 19, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Chris F'Sautia came to the Queensland Reds with the chassis of a Ferrari but the mechanical reliability of a car-yard clunker.

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Rugby

Forward thinking: McKenzie palms off criticism of Wallabies hopes

Queensland Reds mentor Ewen McKenzie.

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie has brushed off suggestions the ARU has blacklisted him for the Wallabies coaching job because his former life as a prop means he knows nothing about running a backline.

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McKenzie pieces together Queensland Reds puzzle

Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Hynes switches from wing to fullback for trial match against Crusaders.