Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

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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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Johnathan Thurston proving he belongs in the company of the game's truly great

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Phil Gould How good was Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night? League fans have been privileged over the past quarter of a century to be able to marvel at the skills of six of the greatest ever Australian rugby...

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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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From where I sit, South Sydney look ready to end their 43-year premiership drought

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Phil Gould The last time South Sydney won a premiership most people still had black-and-white television sets. That's if they actually owned a TV – 1971 was such a long time ago.

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

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

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League

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

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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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League

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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Roosters on the cusp of greatness

Phil Gould It could well be the first time since 1993 that the defending champions go back-to-back and win consecutive premierships.

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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.

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

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

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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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Set of Six

What were the Booze Bros. thinking?

Phil Gould It defies belief doesn't it? It's a real struggle for me to understand how, after everything they have experienced, these two boys decided it was a good idea to go out drinking together in public on...

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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.