Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Forwards in backs a step in wrong direction

Phil Gould I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many matches as I have seen this year in which coaches have selected players out of position to fill holes caused by injuries and suspensions.

Who would be a coach in this dog eat dog era of NRL?

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Phil Gould What do you make of the whole Mick Potter/ Wests Tigers saga? Actually, it’s more than just the Tigers and Potter. This stuff is happening everywhere. The world has gone crazy.

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Knights to remember: How Newcastle recorded a win for the ages

Phil Gould Well, one thing we learned on Friday night is that there is definitely no “give-up” in the Newcastle Knights.

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Anthony Griffin's response to his sacking by Brisbane has class stamped all over it

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Phil Gould The way Anthony Griffin has dealt with his sacking by the Broncos stamped this man as all class.

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Wests Tigers underline beauty of the underdog to beat Canterbury Bulldogs at their own game

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Phil Gould It's the beauty of sport. The big man up against the little man. The favorite versus the underdog. We've seen these scenarios so many times before.

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Predicting the NRL top eight is tough, so buckle up for the run to the finals

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Phil Gould With the rounds of matches affected so significantly by Origin now finally behind us, we can at last settle back and enjoy the final third of the season.

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Sharks-Knights rollercoaster speaks volumes about players' soft mindsets

Phil Gould I am at a loss to know what makes rugby league players tick. What motivates them? What de-motivates them? Why they can be terrible one day and then brilliant the next.

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NRL's ludicrous and unfair second-tier salary cap holding back young players

Phil Gould The Canberra Raiders travel to Queensland today to play the Gold Coast Titans, having lost seven of their past eight matches.

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State of Origin: Why the Blues need to win game three

Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

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Star power: The game’s good guys are making a difference away from spotlight

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Phil Gould “Panthers on the Prowl” is the Community arm of the Penrith Panthers. The purpose of the “Prowl” programs is to enhance opportunities for our young people and their families...

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Why I cheered when Peter Sharp chose to walk away from the Shire

Phil Gould Peter Sharp is a good man. Humble, always polite, always helpful.

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Eels play their hearts out but Knights turn season around

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Phil Gould This was a good, solid, gritty, tough game of football. It wasn’t a match big on brilliant strategy or surprising tactics.

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NRL desperately needs a summit to sort out junior development

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Phil Gould Player development is a hot topic in rugby league at the moment. The recent situations involving young players like James Tedesco and Anthony Milford, where one club spends time and money developing...

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Referees should be seen and not heard

Phil Gould Please get the microphones and the television cameras off the referees. I haven’t raised this subject for a number of years, but in light of recent events, I would like to reaffirm my objection...

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Benji Marshall and Daniel Mortimer show they can be the real deal

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Phil Gould Both the Gold Coast Titans and the St George Illawarra Dragons came into Sunday's clash down on their luck.

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NRL's copycat coaches losing sight of the big picture

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Phil Gould One of the more common inquiries I receive each week from fans is to explain why all teams play their attacking football the same way.

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NSW finally get Origin ... and they get the series

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Phil Gould Blues! Blues! Blues! Blues! We finally get it. The players get it! The crowd gets it! The State of NSW gets it!

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State of Origin II: What NSW need to do to break drought

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Phil Gould There is still so much to do for NSW. We are only one-third the way through this 2014 State of Origin series.

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Laurie Daley has done the right thing by trusting his gut instinct on Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate

Phil Gould I know we have said it before, but I really like the look of this New South Wales team for Origin II in Sydney next Wednesday night. The return of Greg Bird is a huge bonus.

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Roosters Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney miss chance to shine with Storm on back foot

Flattering: The scoreboard didn't tell the whole story on Sunday.

Phil Gould The discarded Origin duo did little to enhance their prospects of a recall.

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