Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Set of Six

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.

Set of Six

Set of Six: Play to the whistle, boys!

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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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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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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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The pressure's on Pearce to perform

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Phil Gould Tonight is a big night for Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce.

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Last man standing

Rabbits and Roosters justify the hype

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: The Rabbitohs celebrate a try by John Sutton during the round 15 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on June 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Phil Gould The State of Origin period will be over in 10 days time. The run to the finals for the 16 NRL clubs will then begin.

SET OF SIX

Let's not ruin hopes of signing Folau again

Israel Folau

Phil Gould If Israel Folau wishes to return to the NRL and we have clubs willing to sign him then as a game we should act promptly.

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League

Attracting big crowds all about star power

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Phil Gould There has been a fair amount of hysteria in recent times about rugby league attendances.

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Set of Six

Knights must run the gauntlet to play finals

Phil Gould A loss to the Broncos would leave the Knights needing to win three or maybe even four of their last five games.

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SET OF SIX

Band together and Wests will be won

Phil Gould I don't think the Wests Ashfield club is being at all unreasonable regarding the conditions it requires to continue funding the club.

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League

Fine game but not quite in top league

Phil Gould What a great event on Friday night. There are so many things to talk about as a result of what we witnessed.

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SET OF SIX

Four sight - Phil Gould's finals predictions

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Phil Gould Phil Gould runs his eye over the season that was and the finals that will be, offering his expert opinion on who will come out on top in week one of the NRL finals.

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SET OF SEVEN

You'd be brave to tip against Storm, but I am

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Phil Gould You would have to be crazy tipping against Melbourne this weekend.

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League

Earl kept his dark secret from club

Phil Gould Hands up all those who feel sorry for Sandor Earl? My, there are a lot of you. OK, hands down and take a seat. I have a story to tell.

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League

A sad day for all but two sets of fans

Phil Gould It's the last weekend of the 2013 season. Just two teams remain: the Roosters and the Sea Eagles. That leaves 14 other NRL teams and their fans.

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League

No reinventing the wheel; Knights just rolled with what they do best

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Phil Gould In their previous two matches, Newcastle were awful in their second-half performances. They virtually took no part in proceedings following the half-time break in either game, succumbing meekly to...

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League

Stuart ... to Daley - Blues in safe hands again

Phil Gould Ricky Stuart, NSW Origin coach for the past two years, has now passed the responsibility of leading the Blues onto his former teammate Laurie Daley. Actually, they were more than just teammates.

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Set od Six

Young gun Idris finds old invincible streak

Phil Gould I am so excited about the improvement in young Jamal Idris from the Gold Coast Titans this season.

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League

Blues can have no excuse for failure

Phil Gould Following Cooper Cronk's 41-metre field goal that sailed between the posts in game three last year to sink the Blues' State of Origin title hopes for a seventh straight year, a number of the NSW...

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Set of Six

Origin: it's back baby

Jarryd Hayne

Phil Gould Origin is definitely a team game, but I will be particularly interested in the performance of Blues fullback Jarryd Hayne.

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