Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Stunned Reds left speechless by Crusaders hiding

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

Deans finally decides to throw caution to the wind

Robbie Deans

Phil Lutton FOR MANY Australian rugby fans, it may all sound like a case of too little, too late. But Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has promised a riskier and more innovative approach to derail the All Blacks in...

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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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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Live: Reds vs Hurricanes

Queensland Reds vs Hurricanes

Phil Lutton Tonight we're live from Suncorp Stadium as the Reds host the Hurricanes.

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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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

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.

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

Phil Lutton.

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.