Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Wallabies door open for Ben Mowen: Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie says he won’t shut the selection door on Wallaby captain Ben Mowen, who will walk away from the Australian game at the end of the Super Rugby season to take up a deal in France.

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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Ewen McKenzie to expand Wallabies squad

Phil Lutton Incoming Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie has told fringe contenders to keep their phones on as he narrows down the stocks for his initial squad to face the All Blacks on August 17 in Sydney.

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

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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Rugby

James Horwill, humble and humbled, vows to fight for Wallaby spot

Horror show: Reds captain James Horwill and Richard Graham.

Phil Lutton When James Horwill was given the Wallaby captaincy in 2011, it was the stuff of boyhood dreams. He would lead his nation to a memorable victory against the All Blacks, a Rugby World Cup and in a...

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Rugby

Nic White and Bernard Foley pass first Wallaby test with flying colours

Bernard Foley sends one through the uprights.

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie's new-look halves pairing of Nic White and Bernard Foley passed their first Wallaby Test with flying colours as they pulled the strings behind a 50-23 belting of the outgunned French at...

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Rugby

Winners and losers from Wallabies-France Test match

Leader: Michael Hooper looks to offload.

Phil Lutton Phil Lutton on who profited and who floundered as the Wallabies smashed the French.

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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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Rugby

Aidan Toua no overnight success for Queensland Reds

Queensland Reds flyer Aidan Toua.

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

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Super 15

World Cup dreams prompt Gill's 'non merci' to French clubs

Liam Gill

Phil Lutton Reds flanker Liam Gill spurned the advances of French rugby clubs to chase his dream of being Australia's first-choice openside in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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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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Live: Reds v Cheetahs

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Cheetahs

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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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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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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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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

Schatz's emotional strength through family pain leads to debut dream with Wallabies

Jake Schatz

Phil Lutton Terry Schatz has never listened to the mug punters. Not surprisingly, he's long contended that ''every team needs a Jake''. In his son, the Wallabies have one.

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Rugby Union

Live: Wallabies v Springboks

Will Genia of the Wallabies

Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v Springboks

Rugby

Lynagh sinks in boot as feel-good factor ends for McKenzie

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Wallaby great Michael Lynagh has ripped into the Wallabies after they were walloped by the Springboks in Brisbane.

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