Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby

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

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...

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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James Horwill's leg an anatomy of disaster

Phil Lutton Ask James Horwill about what has gone on inside his right leg over the past three years. Then take a seat, flip open the anatomy book and try not to shudder in imagined pain.

Quade Cooper targeting October Bledisloe Cup Wallabies recall

Let's get physical: Quade Cooper (left) with Karmichael Hunt at Reds training last week.

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper's path back to the Wallabies begins in low-key circumstances at Ballymore on Sunday as the Reds playmaker puts his injured hip and shoulder to the test in the National Rugby Championship.

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

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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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Live Super Rugby: Reds v Waratahs

Buy of the year? Jacques Potgieter of the Waratahs celebrates scoring a try.

Phil Lutton Live Super Rugby: Reds v Waratahs

Reds rookie Samu Kerevi unlocks right code

Samu Kerevi would be playing the round ball game if his father had his way.

Phil Lutton The young bull that could represent the future of the Queensland Reds backline considers himself blessed to be there.

Richard Graham promises thorough Reds review as decks cleared for arrival of James O'Connor

Reds coach Richard Graham.

Phil Lutton Richard Graham has promised a no-holds-barred autopsy at the end of Queensland's Super Rugby campaign, which comes to a potentially grisly end against the flying Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on...

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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Rugby Live: Reds v Crusaders

Ankle injury: Will Genia.

Phil Lutton Rugby Live: Reds v Crusaders

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Horwill trusts coach, CEO to make right call on O'Connor

Reds skipper James Horwill.

Phil Lutton Reds captain James Horwill hasn't been in touch with James O'Connor since the former Wallaby departed for Europe but says QRU powerbrokers wouldn't want his services unless they were confident he...

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Stunned Reds left speechless by Crusaders hiding

Horror show: Reds captain James Horwill and Richard Graham.

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

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Rugby

Rugby shoots itself in the foot with TMO madness

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Phil Lutton In the end the Queensland Reds, having indulged in what one must imagine to be a breath as deep as the Marianas Trench, decided to heed the advice of all good mothers: 'If you haven't got anything...

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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

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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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.

Rugby

Stephen Moore punch mars Brumbies win over Reds

Tevita Kuridrani of the Brumbies attempts to break free.

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds have been left fuming after a punch from Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore was left unpunished in a spiteful derby game at Suncorp Stadium.

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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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Wallabies door open for Ben Mowen: Ewen McKenzie

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Ben Mowen of the Wallabies looks dejected at full time during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Ben Mowen

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.

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