Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

It should be South Sydney, but you can never write off Canterbury Bulldogs in NRL grand final

Phil Gould South Sydney's demolition of the Roosters last Friday night was one of the most powerful and complete performances I have seen from a team in a big game for many 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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Anthony Griffin's response to his sacking by Brisbane has class stamped all over it

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Phil Gould The way Anthony Griffin has dealt with his sacking by the Broncos stamped this man as all class.

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Who would be a coach in this dog eat dog era of NRL?

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Phil Gould What do you make of the whole Mick Potter/ Wests Tigers saga? Actually, it’s more than just the Tigers and Potter. This stuff is happening everywhere. The world has gone crazy.

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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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State of Origin: Why the Blues need to win game three

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Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

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Predicting the NRL top eight is tough, so buckle up for the run to the finals

Phil Gould With the rounds of matches affected so significantly by Origin now finally behind us, we can at last settle back and enjoy the final third of the season.

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Referees should be seen and not heard

Phil Gould Please get the microphones and the television cameras off the referees. I haven’t raised this subject for a number of years, but in light of recent events, I would like to reaffirm my objection...

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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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Set of Six

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

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

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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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James Tedesco affair highlights many youth development issues facing NRL

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Phil Gould The James Tedesco affair has highlighted a number of problems in our game.

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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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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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