Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Origin One exposes dearth of quality Australian props

Phil Gould The bottom line is that many of our best NRL props are Englishmen or Kiwis.

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Grades of grey: puzzle of the shoulder charge

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Phil Gould If the NRL's match review committee believes Sonny Bill Williams' shoulder made illegal contact with George Burgess' head in the final minute of last Thursday's match between South Sydney and Sydney...

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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

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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SET OF SIX

Band together and Wests will be won

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Phil Gould I don't think the Wests Ashfield club is being at all unreasonable regarding the conditions it requires to continue funding the club.

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SET OF SIX

One-stop shop is a sign of the times

Phil Gould If there is one positive to come out of the whole ASADA debacle, then it is the establishment of the NRL integrity unit.

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SET OF SIX

Four sight - Phil Gould's finals predictions

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Phil Gould Phil Gould runs his eye over the season that was and the finals that will be, offering his expert opinion on who will come out on top in week one of the NRL finals.

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League

A sad day for all but two sets of fans

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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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Brilliant Barba's a cut above the rest

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Phil Gould Ben Barba is truly extraordinary. He is now one of the greatest assets rugby league can boast.

Amazing Inglis No.1 in every facet of the game

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Phil Gould Modern-day coaches say that having a great fullback is like having an extra man on the field. Conversely, if you don't have a great fullback, you are giving away a lot of start to the rest of the...

League

Hasler faces dogfight learning to win without brilliant Barba

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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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Set of six

Sonny Bill Williams' return has been awesome

Phil Gould At the start of the season I wrote that Sonny Bill Williams could lift the Roosters into premiership contention.

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Set of Six

New interpretations an embarrassment for the game

Phil Gould As predicted, coaches and players have now made a mockery of the new obstruction interpretations.

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League

Here's to you, Mr Robinson

Phil Gould Well that was emphatic, wasn't it?

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League

Bad rep: Time’s up for City-Country concept

Phil Gould Every year we answer the same questions about the validity of maintaining tradition and playing the old City-Country fixture.

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League

Dugan's attitude defeats bullies

Phil Gould Earlier this week, new Dragons recruit Josh Dugan was sitting in a Bondi Junction cafe with a friend. Just after dinner time they're relaxing, enjoying a coffee.

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League

Emphatic Dogs put Storm in their place

Phil Gould Canterbury's 39-0 thrashing of Melbourne at ANZ Stadium on Sunday raised a number of interesting discussion points. I'll come to those shortly.

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