Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Canterbury Bulldogs show how to win in finals football

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

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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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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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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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...

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Clinical Storm blow brave Bulldogs away

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Phil Gould 'Premierships are won on defence. That's what's we build our game on. Defence, mate. Defence!"

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