Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Dragons let a few through but have cause to be confident

Phil Gould Were St George Illawarra too good? Or were the understrength Wests Tigers very poor? Let's lean towards the positive here. I think the Dragons have definitely improved from last season.

League

Why NRL clubs need to play at big stadiums

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Phil Gould Is it any wonder Sydney teams are finding themselves faced with the dilemma of leaving historical suburban home bases to play in the larger stadiums?

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League

First-up success can last but there’s a long way to go

Phil Gould First impressions can be misleading. They can also lead to lasting impressions that in time prove to be surprisingly accurate.

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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

NSW Blues need a long-term plan to stop Queensland's State of Origin dominance

Phil Gould I don't think I can ever remember a period of such intense speculation and comment leading into the selection of a NSW Origin team.

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Set of Six

Easy, Tigers: Brooks needs time to learn

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Phil Gould Some of the hysteria in the media as a result of Luke Brooks' debut performance is just ridiculous.

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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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Solid foundation: Rabbitohs and Roosters to party like it's 1908

Phil Gould Does your team have a realistic shot at the title in 2013? I like the Rabbits and Roosters.

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League

Hasler faces dogfight learning to win without brilliant Barba

Phil Gould From Ben Barba to Russell Crowe and Dave Smith to Sonny Bill Williams, Phil Gould casts his eye over the big issues with just a day until the NRL season opener.

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League

Dugan owes his fans respect, and Mr Bennett's been busy

Josh Dugan

Phil Gould The six salient points Phil Gould noticed from the first week of the 2013 NRL competition.

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League

The better team lost, but Bulldogs will take points and thank their lucky stars

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Phil Gould An extraordinary result at Gosford on Sunday afternoon. The final score shows success to the Bulldogs 24-8 over the Sharks.

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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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SET OF SIX

If this is illegal, then I'm an astronaut

Phil Gould If the Josh Dugan tackle on Panther fullback Matt Moylan on Saturday night was illegal, then I am an astronaut.

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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.