Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL can solve many problems by limiting video use and having one referee

Phil Gould The NRL has announced the blueprint for the future of refereeing. Fair enough.

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Johnathan Thurston proving he belongs in the company of the game's truly great

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Phil Gould How good was Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night? League fans have been privileged over the past quarter of a century to be able to marvel at the skills of six of the greatest ever Australian rugby...

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NRL clash between St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Titans one to forget

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Phil Gould I love my Sunday football. I look forward to it every weekend. But I have to be honest in saying the match played between the St George Illawarra and Gold Coast was extremely hard to watch.

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Players make up for circus of hangers-on

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Phil Gould Thank God for the players! If not for them, rugby league would be an absolute circus.

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Geoff Toovey is right: minor premiership should carry a major reward

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Phil Gould Manly coach Geoff Toovey is 100 per cent correct in his criticism concerning the lack of reward given to teams who win the minor premiership.

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Scrappy Sea Eagles down on form but remain in pole position

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Phil Gould Maybe the Sea Eagles are just timing their run and don’t want to peak too early.

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I warned you, and now a ball boy has copped it for no good reason

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Phil Gould In my column earlier this season, I wrote: ‘‘Two rules that were introduced to the NRL this season need to be altered as soon as possible.

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From where I sit, South Sydney look ready to end their 43-year premiership drought

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Phil Gould The last time South Sydney won a premiership most people still had black-and-white television sets. That's if they actually owned a TV – 1971 was such a long time ago.

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Anthony Minichiello will be remembered as one of Roosters' great servants

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Phil Gould The announcement on Monday that 2014 will be Anthony Minichiello’s final season in the NRL should give the Roosters further incentive to win back-to-back titles and send out their popular...

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Rabbitohs show their premiership hand with Knights demolition

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Phil Gould South Sydney Rabbitohs 50 Newcastle Knights 10. I was not expecting that kind of a scoreline.

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Penrith Panthers captain Peter Wallace takes up where Chris Mortimer left off

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Phil Gould Panthers captain Peter Wallace gave his club one of those ‘‘Chris Mortimer’’ moments with his courageous performance in Bathurst last weekend.

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Forwards in backs a step in wrong direction

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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.

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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