Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

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

Rugby

Stricken Higginbotham in race to face Lions

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...

Live: Reds v Lions

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Live: Reds v Lions

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Lions tour comes to life in Brisbane bloodbath

Vunipola

Phil Lutton Blood stains on the crisp white jerseys of the Reds means this Lions tour has come to life. The tourists craved a contest and were dutifully handed one in a spirited night at Suncorp Stadium.

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Rugby

Attacking Reds put fire back in Lions tour, says Gatland

Reds playmaker Quade Cooper collars Sam Warburton of the Lions just short of the try line at Suncorp Stadium.

Phil Lutton British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland was caught somewhere between counting the cost of his side's no-holds-barred clash with the Queensland Reds and embracing the old-school carnage of it all.

Rugby

Lions tour on par with World Cup: Barnes

Vesatile Wallabies back Berrick Barnes.

Phil Lutton Wallabies utility Berrick Barnes says anticipation levels within the Australian squad have reached World Cup status as the countdown to the first Test against the British and Irish Lions begins in...

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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.

Gill goes to archives to research Lions

Liam Gill is vying for a spot in the Wallabies scrum.

Phil Lutton Liam Gill was a wide-eyed nine-year-old living in Portland, Oregon, the last time the British and Irish Lions toured Australia.

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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Live: Wallabies v British and Irish Lions

Kurtley Beale

Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v British and Irish Lions

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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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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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Rugby

Quade Cooper breaks points record as Queensland Reds outscore Cheetahs

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper became Queensland's record point-scorer and the Reds bagged five tries but they still have concerns after a Jekyll-and-Hyde 43-33 win over the Cheetahs on Friday night.

Queensland Reds down but far from out, says coach Richard Graham

Richard Graham (Head Coach) of the Queensland Reds.

Phil Lutton When the Queensland Reds confronted their 2014 draw, seeing just one match in the first five pencilled in at home hardly had QRU powerbrokers racing down to the cellar to fetch the good bubbly.

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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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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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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Union

The evolution of Quade Cooper

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07:  Quade Cooper poses after a press conference to announce he is staying with the Queensland Reds at Ballymore Stadium on December 7, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper's game is evolving, as is the man behind the jersey, writes Phil Lutton, who spoke with the Reds five-eighth about everything from Sonny Bill to Digby Ioane and his boxing ambitions.

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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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Criticism gives Cooper a point to prove

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton and Georgina Robinson Reds coach Ewen McKenzie expects beleaguered playmaker Quade Cooper to make a statement against the Stormers in Cape Town on the weekend after absorbing the news of his omission from the Wallaby...

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Rugby

Cooper behind Tapuai slump: Deans

Phil Lutton Wallaby coach Robbie Deans says Quade Cooper’s shortcomings as a player have had a hand in the fall from grace of Reds teammate and former Wallaby centre Ben Tapuai.

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