Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.


Roosters and Manly clash packed with controversial incidents

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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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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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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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State of Origin

Eliminate risk and it will be game over

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Phil Gould I feel we are losing something from the game of rugby league. It's not about the punching or the shoulder charge. No one goes out onto the field to intentionally do these things. It just happens.

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Benji can take next giant step with pride

Phil Gould I remember the first time I saw Benji Marshall play. I was calling a Schoolboy Cup game for Channel 9 in Brisbane.

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Let's not ruin hopes of signing Folau again

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why the players’ rights are paramount

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Phil Gould Phil Gould pinpoints six issues pertinent to rugby league this week.

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Right on Ricky: decks needed clearing

Phil Gould There are two ways to run a professional football club.

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Rugby League

Even stevens in a clash of the titans

On a high: The Storm's Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater celebrate a try in their win against the Manly Sea Eagles.

Phil Gould The Storm and the Bulldogs have made the grand final with vastly different game plans.

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Different styles create perfect mix for finale

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Phil Gould The two best teams following the 26 home-and-away rounds of the premiership have safely negotiated the treacherous waters of semi-final football to make their way to the big show on NRL grand final...

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