Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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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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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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NRL desperately needs a summit to sort out junior development

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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NRL's copycat coaches losing sight of the big picture

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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Leaders show their form as NRL season picks up pace

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Phil Gould We are now halfway through round of the NRL premiership race and the State of Origin period looms large.

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James Tedesco affair highlights many youth development issues facing NRL

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Phil Gould The James Tedesco affair has highlighted a number of problems in our game.

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Hitting fast forward on NRL video refereeing gives pause for thought

Phil Gould Let’s take a sneak peek at the future of rugby league.

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Why NRL clubs need to play at big stadiums

Phil Gould Is it any wonder Sydney teams are finding themselves faced with the dilemma of leaving historical suburban home bases to play in the larger stadiums?

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Topsy-turvy NRL gives fans of all teams reason for optimism

Phil Gould Much has been written about the upsets we’ve seen through the first five rounds of this NRL season.

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Frustrated clubs want a change of pace but are still united behind commission - NRL is a different matter

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Phil Gould The support from the 16 NRL clubs for chairman John Grant and his fellow commissioners is complete and unwavering.

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Why I'm welcoming home NRL's prodigal Son

Phil Gould In the February of season 2005, I published a column in this newspaper about a young man by the name of Sonny Bill Williams. This is just part of what I wrote:

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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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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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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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Referees should be seen and not heard

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

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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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Benji Marshall's frank assessment raises more questions than answers

Phil Gould Having made the bold decision to leave his rugby experiment behind and hopefully make a return to the NRL, Benji Marshall has made the very frank admission this week that just before leaving the...

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Gold Coast Titans spring an ambush in Wests Tigers' lair

Phil Gould When the Gold Coast Titans arrived at Leichardt Oval yesterday afternoon there would have been plenty of things going through their minds.

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