Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Anthony Minichiello will be remembered as one of Roosters' great servants

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...

League

Penrith Panthers captain Peter Wallace takes up where Chris Mortimer left off

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Phil Gould Panthers captain Peter Wallace gave his club one of those ‘‘Chris Mortimer’’ moments with his courageous performance in Bathurst last weekend.

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League

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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League

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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SET OF SIX

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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League

The big issues league must conquer in order to reach the promised land

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Phil Gould What are the key areas our game needs to address over the next two years?

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League

Manly shine through, just as Parramatta expected

Phil Gould It wasn't the greatest spectacle of rugby league. But it was certainly an exciting afternoon's entertainment.

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League

Phil Gould's Set of Six: Best wishes to young Newcastle forward Alex McKinnnon

Phil Gould The terrible injury to Knights forward Alex McKinnon represents one of those heart-stopping moments in sport every person fears.

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League

Roosters and Manly clash packed with controversial incidents

Phil Gould There has been plenty of fallout from the Sea Eagles’ 8-0 defeat of the Roosters on Friday night.

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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

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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League

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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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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League

Eels can't afford yet another quick fix

Phil Gould The plight of the Parramatta Eels and the acrimonious departure during the week of their coach, Ricky Stuart, are the talk of the rugby league world.

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League

Newcastle united: Knights simply too good by coming together and staying committed

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Phil Gould Newcastle were simply too good for Canterbury in Sunday afternoon's elimination semi-final at ANZ Stadium. There is no other way to describe it.

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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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SET OF SIX

Brawn beats brains as Manly’s hopes go south

Phil Gould There is so much to write about when looking to analyse how this preliminary final might play out on Friday night.

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SET OF SIX

Trio's return to yield more tries than semi

Phil Gould The first semi-final clash between the Roosters and Sea Eagles three weeks ago was one of the most gripping and high-intensity games of football I have seen in a long time.

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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

Valedictory victory? Williams paved way

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Phil Gould The Roosters are worthy title holders. The best thing about their premiership this year is the quality of the opposition they had to defeat.

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