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

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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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.

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

British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
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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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

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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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

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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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

Leave Ben Mowen out of future plan: Farr-Jones

Ben Mowen

Chris Dutton and Phil Lutton Former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones says he wouldn't pick skipper Ben Mowen for this year's Tests, urging coach Ewen McKenzie to look towards building a team for the 2015 World Cup.

Rugby

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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Rugby

Critical Cooper ready to kick Wallabies career into touch

QUade

Phil Lutton QUADE COOPER is on the verge of walking away from rugby union.

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Rugby

Big guns return for Reds

Queensland Reds and Wallabies skipper James Horwill.

Phil Lutton Queensland Reds coaching boss Ewen McKenzie will be able to call on a full contingent of players, barring Will Genia, when the Reds open their Super Rugby season against the Brumbies in Canberra on...