Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby

Quade Cooper wins over hearts and minds of critics

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.

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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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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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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South Americans sniff rugby upset

The Pumas take on South Africa in Cape Town last month.

Phil Lutton The Wallabies have gone to great lengths to insist they are taking Argentina as seriously as humanly possible. Perhaps the more poignant question is whether the Pumas are doing the same to Australia.

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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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Reds haven't given up hope on Cooper

Controversial Reds pivot Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper's relationship with Robbie Deans and the ARU might radiate about as much warmth as a polar icecap but the Queensland Reds haven't given up hope of retaining their star five-eighth for...

Quade goes it alone

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Phil Lutton Quade Cooper has spoken up. Woe to him, all of the other players in and around the greater Wallaby universe are choosing to forever hold their piece.

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Quade Cooper spared an awkward round

Wallabies pivot Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper's dodgy knee is likely to prevent him playing a rather awkward round of golf with Robbie Deans on Friday but he has found the most unlikely of allies in his critique of the Wallabies...

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All Blacks provide ultimate test

Richie McCaw, Aaron Smith and Israel Dagg.

Phil Lutton THERE IS no better reality check in world rugby than looking up at the fixture list and seeing the words ''All Blacks'' pencilled in for the next game.

Rugby

Beale hopes Cooper will return, just not at No.10

Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale

Phil Lutton KURTLEY BEALE knew the question was coming. He had held court in the middle of a Wallabies media conference for 15 minutes, chatting about challenges and Rosario and Nick Phipps, before the elephant...

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...

Rugby

Focused Beale backed to be long-term No.10

Kurtley Beale

Phil Lutton Robbie Deans has lauded the efforts and the maturity of his new No.10, Kurtley Beale, in a clear sign he has heartily embraced a new playmaker while moving on from the old.

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Live: Wallabies v All Blacks

Nathan Sharpe.

Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v All Blacks

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Quade Cooper still keen to play for Reds, says McKenzie

Controversial Reds pivot Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie says Quade Cooper is still passionate about playing for the Reds.

Coach confident Cooper's staying

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper was looking relaxed and contented as he continued rehab on his knee on day one of the Reds' pre-season.

Rugby

Forward thinking: McKenzie palms off criticism of Wallabies hopes

Queensland Reds mentor Ewen McKenzie.

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie has brushed off suggestions the ARU has blacklisted him for the Wallabies coaching job because his former life as a prop means he knows nothing about running a backline.

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Derby will decide real top dogs, says White

REDS

Phil Lutton Brumbies coach Jake White says Saturday's scrap with the Reds in Brisbane could represent a changing of the guard in Australian rugby as his ambitious side tries to usurp Ewen McKenzie's former...

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.

Rugby

Where else but Queensland? Fit-again Horwill pledges future to Reds

Horwill

Phil Lutton With his Super Rugby future set in stone until the next World Cup, James Horwill has set his sights on making the Wallabies captaincy his own as Australia counts down to a mammoth international...

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