Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL player draft deserves another look

Phil Gould There has been much talk in recent times regarding the possibility of a player draft being introduced to the NRL competition.

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The NRL finals: let's see who really is the best of the best

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Phil Gould There is no doubt the Roosters are the form team in the competition as we head into week one of the finals.

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Canterbury Bulldogs show how to win in finals football

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Phil Gould Why the Bulldogs and Roosters are the favourites for this week's final matches.

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How Penrith Panthers put grey days behind them

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Phil Gould I’ve been asked many times in recent weeks to speak about the huge turnaround in the Panthers over the past few years.

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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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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...

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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