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.

Rugby

McKenzie's Wallabies wish list

Ewen McKenzie.

Phil Lutton and Paul Cully Ewen McKenzie has named his first Wallabies training squad - now the tough work begins. Phil Lutton and Paul Cully look at five things on the coach's wish list.

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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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Live: Reds v Rebels

James Horwill

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Rebels

Rugby

Stricken Higginbotham in race to face Lions

Higginbotham

Phil Lutton Wallaby backrower Scott Higginbotham says he hasn’t given up hope of taking on the British and Irish Lions after suffering a painful dislocated shoulder in Melbourne’s loss to the Reds at Suncorp...

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Ioane itching to unleash five weeks of frustration

Phil Lutton After feeling like he's just completed a second pre-season, Digby Ioane is hoping to unleash five weeks of frustration on the battling Auckland Blues as he makes his return to Super Rugby on Friday...

Genia wants 400,000 reasons to stay

Will Genia

Phil Lutton Will Genia's management has set the star halfback's price at lofty $400,000 per season as the Queensland Reds fight to retain the signature of their influential Wallaby playmaker.

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Genia holds out for offer but hints at moving on

Will Genia

Phil Lutton WILL GENIA'S management has set the star halfback's price at a lofty $400,000 a season as the Queensland Reds fight to retain the signature of their influential Wallabies playmaker.

Super Rugby:

Live: Reds v Chiefs

Sonny Bill

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Chiefs

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Reds go-to man Higginbotham heads south

Scott Higginbotham

Phil Lutton Dangerous Queensland Reds ballrunner Scott Higginbotham will join the Melbourne Rebels next season on a two-year deal.

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Super Rugby:

Reds earn a scrappy win over Lions

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Lions

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Pub incident to the background, Cooper re-signs with Reds

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper knows how to turn a game in his favour. While explaining away one unwanted headline, he gave Queensland rugby fans the news they had been craving all season.

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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:

Live: Wallabies v All Blacks

Nathan Sharpe.

Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v All Blacks

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All Blacks angry at Higginbotham 'cheap shots'

Richie McCaw.

Phil Lutton The All Blacks have labelled Scott Higginbotham's knee and headbutt on Richie McCaw as a 'cheap shot' in a fiery wash-up to last night's Bledisloe Cup battle in Brisbane.

McKenzie keen to test Tahs' new game plan

Ewen McKenzie.

Phil Lutton THE stodgy Waratahs of seasons past seem to have been put on the shelf under new coach Michael Cheika and marquee recruit Israel Folau, who it is hoped can inspire NSW to a new era of attacking rugby.

Gill among three changes for Reds

Liam Gill.

Phil Lutton Boom Reds flanker Liam Gill will make his first Super Rugby start of the season against the Melbourne Rebels at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Murphy's law as Reds ring changes

Dallan Murphy is set to be the latest player on the Reds No.10 roundabout.

Phil Lutton The curse of the number 10 jersey has given Queensland Reds playmaker Dallan Murphy the chance to start in Sunday's match against the Bulls in Pretoria.