Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

NRL's ludicrous and unfair second-tier salary cap holding back young players

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Phil Gould The Canberra Raiders travel to Queensland today to play the Gold Coast Titans, having lost seven of their past eight matches.

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Inflexible salary cap a major problem

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Phil Gould It would be easy to say Panthers fullback Matt Moylan is not playing first grade on Sunday because of the restrictive inadequacies of the NRL's salary cap structures.

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NRL player draft deserves another look

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Phil Gould There has been much talk in recent times regarding the possibility of a player draft being introduced to the NRL competition.

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Geoff Toovey is right: minor premiership should carry a major reward

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Phil Gould Manly coach Geoff Toovey is 100 per cent correct in his criticism concerning the lack of reward given to teams who win the minor premiership.

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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

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

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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.

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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Set of Six

Phil Gould's Set of Six: North Queensland Cowboys off to another slow start

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Phil Gould After a fast finish to their 2013 season and an unlucky exit from the finals, the Cowboys were handed a very favourable draw for the start of the 2014 competition.

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Phil Gould's Set of Six: Lifting tackles are not all equal

Phil Gould Taking out a game-wide edict on any tackle that even remotely looks like a lift shows little understanding of what can actually happen in a tackle.

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League

Benji Marshall's frank assessment raises more questions than answers

Phil Gould Having made the bold decision to leave his rugby experiment behind and hopefully make a return to the NRL, Benji Marshall has made the very frank admission this week that just before leaving the...

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League

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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League

James Tedesco affair highlights many youth development issues facing NRL

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

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Set of Six

Phil Gould: Grand finalists back on track

Phil Gould After disappointing displays last week, last year's grand finalists bounced back in impressive fashion. Manly had a gutsy win against Souths, while the Roosters were all class against the Eels.

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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Frustrated clubs want a change of pace but are still united behind commission - NRL is a different matter

Phil Gould The support from the 16 NRL clubs for chairman John Grant and his fellow commissioners is complete and unwavering.

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League

NYC must take step back for game to go forward

Phil Gould The appointment of former NZRL boss Jim Doyle to conduct a study of the development pathways and competitions in Australian rugby league is vital to our game's future.

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SET OF SIX

Why the players’ rights are paramount

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

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How to turn a free kick into an own goal

Phil Gould The outstanding form of NSW Waratah Israel Folau should be an embarrassment to NRL decision makers.

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A point of principle: Give golden point the boot

Phil Gould Full marks to Panthers captain Kevin Kingston this week for the professional manner in which he handled his press interviews.

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