Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

All Blacks provide ultimate test

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.

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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.

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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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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'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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Lynagh sinks in boot as feel-good factor ends for McKenzie

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Wallaby great Michael Lynagh has ripped into the Wallabies after they were walloped by the Springboks in Brisbane.

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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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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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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...

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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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The case for keeping Quade Cooper

Staying put: Quade Cooper has re-signed with the Queensland Reds.

Phil Lutton Depending on whether you are a fan of Quade Cooper, or someone who wishes his foray into rugby league had been explored in greater depth, the punishment may or may not have fit the crime.

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Reds score ugly win over Hurricanes in 'strange game'

Reds

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie wants to forget that one in a hurry. Conrad Smith will remember it as one of the strangest games he’s ever played.

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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Field open for aspiring Wallabies

James Horwill.

Phil Lutton James Horwill says reputations will mean nothing in the new Wallaby regime.

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.

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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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