Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby Live: Reds v Crusaders

Ankle injury: Will Genia.

Phil Lutton Rugby Live: Reds v Crusaders

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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

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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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...

McKenzie wants an air of suspense over Reds

Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton EWEN McKENZIE has already re-invented Queensland rugby once. Now he wants to do it again, warning rivals to expect the unexpected from a Reds outfit determined to remain one of the elite sides.

Rugby

Reds and Rebels likely to battle in trenches

Queensland Reds centre Anthony Faingaa.

Phil Lutton The free-flowing rugby seen in the New Zealand Super Rugby derbies has plenty of Australian fans asking why the same never seems to happen when the Australian franchises square off.

Rugby

Red alert: Christchurch sure to give Cooper hell in rematch with McCaw

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton The last time Quade Cooper played Super Rugby in Christchurch, he was little more than a footnote on the match report.

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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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Rugby

Schatz's emotional strength through family pain leads to debut dream with Wallabies

Jake Schatz

Phil Lutton Terry Schatz has never listened to the mug punters. Not surprisingly, he's long contended that ''every team needs a Jake''. In his son, the Wallabies have one.

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A hell of a week for Captain 'Kev'

James Horwill

Phil Lutton James Horwill has had one hell of an initiation into life as the Wallabies captain.

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On-field triumph tempered by off-field tragedy

Jake Schatz

Phil Lutton When full-time sounded between Queensland and the Crusaders in the late rounds of last year's Super Rugby season, the Reds celebrated a victory that convinced many their Cinderella story had a...

Quade Cooper edges closer to return

The chances of Quade Cooper playing in the NRL next winter are becoming slim.

Phil Lutton Ewen McKenzie has continued to keep a firm lid on the potential return of his star playmaker Quade Cooper as the Reds slowly but surely edge their way closer to a full-strength side.

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Reds' retort that could turn a season

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Phil Lutton If the Queensland Reds go on to defend their Super Rugby title, or even make some noise in the finals, they will look back to a stretch of play before halftime against the Chiefs and remember the...

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Live: Reds v Chiefs

Sonny Bill

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Chiefs

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Progress through the finals or beat the Tahs?

Queensland Reds forward Beau Robinson takes on the Waratahs in 2011.

Phil Lutton A buffet of bonus points, the prospect of late-season heroics or gut-wrenching chokes, illness, injury and international travel means prospecting for Super Rugby's eventual finalists is likely to...

Five down for Reds ... and now for the Tahs

Will Genia

Phil Lutton After the Reds lost to the Crusaders in Christchurch in May, arithmetic dictated that they would need to win all six of their remaining games if they were any hope of defending their Super Rugby...

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Reds look for perfect storm to finish in Super finals contention

Reds

Phil Lutton TEAMS spend season upon season chasing the ''perfect game''; a night where everything touched turns to solid gold and moments of blind luck masquerade as pure genius.

Rugby

Manager laces up against his star client

Barnes-Walsh

Phil Lutton Reds bolter has Barnes in his sight - and on his books.

McKenzie pieces together Queensland Reds puzzle

Ewen McKenzie

Phil Lutton Hynes switches from wing to fullback for trial match against Crusaders.