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

Wallabies job at bottom of Deans-McKenzie maul

robbie deans ewen mckenzie

Phil Lutton It’s hard to believe such a mythical place exists in Australian rugby at the moment but the events of the past few days go beyond Quade Cooper.

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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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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.

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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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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Comeback kid Lealiifano aches for chance to pull on a Wallabies jersey

Lealiifano

Phil Lutton Christian Lealiifano is reminded daily of the two things that have caused the most pain in his life. He bears the scars of one, the mark of another.

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Live: Wallabies v Springboks

Will Genia of the Wallabies

Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v Springboks

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Wallabies legend 'dodged a bullet'

Wallabies great Michael Lynagh (left) and his father Ian leave a press conference at the Royal Brisbane hospital, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. 48 year-old Lynagh was today released from hospital after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

Phil Lutton Michael Lynagh was having a quiet drink when he choked innocuously into his beer.

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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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Live: Wallabies v All Blacks

Nathan Sharpe.

Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v All Blacks

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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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Wallabies veteran comes of age

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27:  Corey Jane of the All Blacks is tackled during the Tri-Nations Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Too old? Apparently not. Too slow? Ask the All Blacks. In his first start for the Wallabies since 2004, the Benjamin Button of the back row, Radike Samo, showed age had not wearied him, just made him...

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Wallabies star 'can't remember' alleged burglary

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper expected to tell authorities he has no recollection of events that lead to him being charged with burglary on the Gold Coast.

Rugby

Would James O'Connor be worth the risk for the Queensland Reds?

Phil Lutton dinkus

Phil Lutton James O'Connor wants to come home to Queensland. But is the former Wallaby needed – or wanted – by the Reds?

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Super 15

World Cup dreams prompt Gill's 'non merci' to French clubs

Liam Gill

Phil Lutton Reds flanker Liam Gill spurned the advances of French rugby clubs to chase his dream of being Australia's first-choice openside in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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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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