Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL Grand Final 2015: North Queensland Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston shows fairytales can come true

Phil Gould If ever there was a fairytale that could deliver a message to our children about tenacity, sacrifice, and the fact that success smiles on effort, then Johnathan Thurston's golden point moment in...

2015 NRL Grand Final: It's masterful simplicity versus unshakeable belief

Phil Gould

Phil Gould When the result is in the balance with 20 minutes left to play, I just have this feeling the Broncos will be fresher in mind, body and soul.

Comments 5

Why the Brisbane Broncos are in the box seat to beat North Queensland in the grand final

Phil Gould

Phil Gould The Brisbane Broncos have developed faster in 2015 than anyone expected.

Comments 2

Johnathan Thurston shows why he can lead the Cowboys to grand final glory

Phil Gould

Phil Gould The Cowboys displayed the toughness and skill that will see them challenge Brisbane in the grand final.

Comments 3

Brisbane Broncos have been on track to make NRL grand final since round three

Phil Gould It's now so obvious Brisbane were going to win. How could you not tip them?

Comments 6

Regular contenders Sydney Roosters, Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm left to battle for the NRL spoils yet again

Phil Gould

Phil Gould There is little to doubt that the three most successful clubs of the NRL era are the Roosters, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Why North Queensland Cowboys are a very real chance of winning first premiership

Phil Gould

Phil Gould That was an extraordinary performance by the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night. I'm not just talking about the score line.

Comments 2

Sydney Roosters' forward dominance key to win over Canterbury Bulldogs

Phil Gould

Phil Gould There can be no doubting that the controversial try to Kane Evans in the 51st minute of the Roosters-Bulldogs clash on Friday night had a significant effect on what happened for the rest of that game.

Comments 6

NRL finals 2015: Sydney Roosters battling the odds to lift premiership

Phil Gould

Phil Gould Last Friday's loss to the Melbourne Storm now sees the Roosters facing three successive sudden death finals to win the premiership.

Cronulla Sharks prove far too strong for disappointing South Sydney Rabbitohs

Phil Gould

Phil Gould The Cowboys will know they are in a game in Townsville next Saturday night. Up, up Cronulla. They were way too good.

Comments 10

Why Cronulla Sharks will end South Sydney Rabbitohs' NRL title defence

Phil Gould

Phil Gould I think Souths are gone and I have seen nothing in the past month of football from them that suggests they are ready to raise the level of resolve necessary to hold off the Sharks.

Comments 4

Call South Sydney Rabbitoh George Burgess a dope, but don't suspend him

Phil Gould

Phil Gould What the bloody hell is going on with the people running our game? George Burgess should never have been charged.

Comments 39

Set of Six: No team will get to the NRL grand final unscathed

Phil Gould

Phil Gould Whichever team wins the NRL title will have to do it without a full-strength squad.

Comments 2

Best of the best: Phil Gould's NRL team of the year 2015

Phil Gould

Phil Gould Here you go folks. Here's my opinion. Fight over this lot. Enjoy your football.

Comments 17

No judgement can be made on NRL TV deal until the money is in the bank

Phil Gould

Phil Gould The jury is still out on Dave Smith, but he needs the chance to deliver.

Comments 23

Manly Sea Eagles grounded after dismal display against Parramatta Eels

Phil Gould

Phil Gould It wasn't the prettiest match we've ever seen – but it was certainly gripping stuff. With so much riding on the result and the closeness of the scores you couldn't look away despite the poor...

Sydney Roosters to face Brisbane Broncos: Wouldn't it be great to see a big crowd

Phil Gould

Phil Gould Two matches in round 24 will shape how the competition players out.

Comments 25

$925 million and worth every cent: Why broadcasters pay the big bucks for rugby league

Phil Gould

Phil Gould There is an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Ain't that the truth!

Comments 35

It's hard to see this Manly Sea Eagles revival running out of steam

Phil Gould

Phil Gould What an incredible performance by the Manly Sea Eagles in their complete annihilation of the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Brookvale on Friday night.

Comments 7