Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

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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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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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 Union

Folau ready for next big Test

Israel Folau

Phil Lutton Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has lauded the big-match credentials of Israel Folau.

Rugby

Calm head should win Folau a starting spot

Israel Folau.

Phil Lutton Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has lauded the big-match credentials of Israel Folau, giving the strongest indication yet the league and AFL convert will be wearing a Wallabies jumper on Saturday night.

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Rugby

Ashley-Cooper fears Lions in open spaces

Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Phil Lutton Dull, dreary and obsessed with the set piece ... northern hemisphere sides generally come to Australian shores with a reputation for keeping it deathly simple on the rugby field.

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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He may not be the perfect No.10, but O'Connor says he's right for the job

James O'Connor

Phil Lutton On Saturday night, James O'Connor will be handed one of the most hotly disputed Wallaby jerseys in recent history. He has made it clear he does not intend to give it back in a hurry.

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Live: Wallabies v British and Irish Lions

Kurtley Beale

Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v British and Irish Lions

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Genia offers perspective to a shattered Wallabies side

genia

Phil Lutton Will Genia had little time for sentiment after the Australians' defeat after Saturday's night's loss to the Lions.

THE CONVERT

Folau silences his doubters - and how

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Phil Lutton Before Saturday night’s Test against the British and Irish Lions, the question had been asked over and over again: Is Israel Folau, a rookie code convert, really ready for international rugby?

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Drop the beat and make it sing: Genia

Genia

Phil Lutton Will Genia wants his Reds to let the ball sing on Friday night, having watched his forwards beat their head into a brick wall in Perth.

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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No Wallaby safe under McKenzie: skipper

WALLABIES AFR PHOTOGRAPH BY GLENN HUNT 9th July 2013.
NEWS - New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie speaking to media in Brisbane about his appointment.

Phil Lutton James Horwill says reputations will mean nothing in the new Wallaby regime as Ewen McKenzie begins scouring the country's playing stocks ahead of his first Test in charge against the All Blacks.

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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

McKenzie will cast net wide for Bledisloe Cup

Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Incoming Wallabies 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.

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Quade Cooper keen to lead a Wallabies comeback

QUade

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper has not only returned to the Wallabies but wants to become a leader of the side desperate to regroup after a mauling at the hands of the British and Irish Lions.

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Quade Cooper thrilled at Wallabies return

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper has responded to his selection in Ewen McKenzie's first Wallaby squad with "pure excitement" as he prepares to make a long-awaited return to the green and gold.

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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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Comeback kid Lealiifano aches for chance to pull on a Wallabies jersey

Lealiifano

Phil Lutton Christian Lealiifano is reminded daily of the two things that have caused the most pain in his life. He bears the scars of one, the mark of another.

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