Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

McKenzie's mind game

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.

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...

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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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

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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Ioane declares himself fit for Lions clash

Digby Ioane.

Phil Lutton He's been credited with having magical healing powers and they may have just worked again, with Digby Ioane declaring himself fit and available for the Wallabies as they host the British and Irish...

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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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Union

Ewen McKenzie: no messiah, but a visionary of sorts

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Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie will bring an eye for detail but a firm grip of the bigger picture when he takes over the Wallabies, writes Phil Lutton.

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The honey-badger and getting the meat

New Wallaby Nick Cummins.

Phil Lutton Sekope Kepu, the softly spoken Wallaby prop, couldn't help but burst into a wry smile as Nick Cummins riffed about the new-look Australian backline, in a very Australian way.

Rugby

Reds score ugly win over Hurricanes in 'strange game'

Reds

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie wants to forget that one in a hurry. Conrad Smith will remember it as one of the strangest games he’s ever played.

Rugby

Hungry Force put one over the Reds

Force

Phil Lutton Will Genia has only been back for 40 minutes but has already signalled a shakedown at Ballymore this week as the Reds try to rebound from a shock defeat at the hands of the Western Force.

Live: Reds v Bulls

Horwill

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Bulls

Horwill set for Reds comeback

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 17: James Horwill, captain of the St.George Queensland Reds, looks dejected after the Sharks won the Super Rugby match between The Sharks and Reds at Mr Price Kings Park on March 17, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds will miss the red-hot form of flanker Liam Gill in Saturday night's Super Rugby clash against the Bulls at Suncorp Stadium.

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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.

Rugby

Lane, Tapuai hurt as Reds fall to Stormers

reds stormers

Phil Lutton Live: Reds vs Stormers

Ioane itching to unleash five weeks of frustration

Phil Lutton After feeling like he's just completed a second pre-season, Digby Ioane is hoping to unleash five weeks of frustration on the battling Auckland Blues as he makes his return to Super Rugby on Friday...

Quade Cooper edges closer to return

The chances of Quade Cooper playing in the NRL next winter are becoming slim.

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie has continued to keep a firm lid on the potential return of his star playmaker Quade Cooper as the Reds slowly but surely edge their way closer to a full-strength side.

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Reds' retort that could turn a season

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Phil Lutton If the Queensland Reds go on to defend their Super Rugby title, or even make some noise in the finals, they will look back to a stretch of play before halftime against the Chiefs and remember the...

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Super Rugby:

Live: Reds v Chiefs

Sonny Bill

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Chiefs

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