Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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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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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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NSW Blues need a long-term plan to stop Queensland's State of Origin dominance

Phil Gould I don't think I can ever remember a period of such intense speculation and comment leading into the selection of a NSW Origin team.

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State of Origin: Superlatives not enough to describe unbelievable contest

Blues fullback Jarryd Hayne was phenomenal against Queensland.

Phil Gould It's hard to find the words to describe what we witnessed in game one of State of Origin for 2014. Outstanding? That just doesn't seem to cover it.

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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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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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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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Stand-alone Origins the way ahead

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Phil Gould The players involved in last Wednesday's State Of Origin, who have been vocal in their support for stand-alone Origin weekends, deserve deep consideration of their opinions.

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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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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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League

Roosters on the cusp of greatness

Phil Gould It could well be the first time since 1993 that the defending champions go back-to-back and win consecutive premierships.

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Set of Six

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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Set of Six

Set of Six: Play to the whistle, boys!

Phil Gould Two weeks in a row now we have witnessed controversial moments in two separate matches with issues relating to half-time and full-time sirens.

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Phil Gould's Set of Six: Lifting tackles are not all equal

Phil Gould Taking out a game-wide edict on any tackle that even remotely looks like a lift shows little understanding of what can actually happen in a tackle.

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League

Give representative rugby league the respect it deserves

Phil Gould If we stop respecting International football, if kids stop dreaming of playing for their country, then why play the game at all?

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Set of Six

Set of Six: Players are making fools of the referees and the game

Phil Gould We’ve now come full circle on the obstruction dilemma.

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Australia must lead international league off the field as well

Phil Gould We urgently need a summit on all aspects of representative football. We have had to put up with ridiculous scheduling for far too long.

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Parramatta Eels put horror season behind them

Phil Gould Congratulations to the Parramatta Eels and coach Brad Arthur. Their victory on Monday night was their fifth this season.

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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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Phil Gould's impassioned plea to the Blues preparing for Origin I

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Phil Gould The tipsters say NSW can’t win. They confidently predict the Queensland juggernaut will roll on.

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