Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Players make up for circus of hangers-on

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

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

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

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

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

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Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

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

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

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

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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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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