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.

League

NRL desperately needs a summit to sort out junior development

Phil Gould Player development is a hot topic in rugby league at the moment. The recent situations involving young players like James Tedesco and Anthony Milford, where one club spends time and money developing...

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League

Phil Gould's impassioned plea to the Blues preparing for Origin I

Phil Gould The tipsters say NSW can’t win. They confidently predict the Queensland juggernaut will roll on.

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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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League

Stand-alone Origins the way ahead

Phil Gould The players involved in last Wednesday's State Of Origin, who have been vocal in their support for stand-alone Origin weekends, deserve deep consideration of their opinions.

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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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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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League

Dragons let a few through but have cause to be confident

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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.

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Set of Six

Grades of grey: puzzle of the shoulder charge

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

Australia must lead international league off the field as well

Phil Gould We urgently need a summit on all aspects of representative football. We have had to put up with ridiculous scheduling for far too long.

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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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League

Thirteen for '13: My team of the year

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Phil Gould It's awards time. Here is Gus' Team of the Year for the 2013 NRL season. Talent galore right across the park.

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SET OF SIX

Trio's return to yield more tries than semi

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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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League

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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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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Clinical Storm blow brave Bulldogs away

Phil Gould 'Premierships are won on defence. That's what's we build our game on. Defence, mate. Defence!"

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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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Set of Six

Patience please: Steve Price shows why he’s the real deal

Phil Gould After losing to the Broncos earlier this season, I wrote about the Dragons performance.

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League

More time on the big stage can only help

Phil Gould Forget the final scoreline in Friday night's Test between Australia and New Zealand. The Kiwis showed enough in the first 40 minutes of the contest to suggest they will be very hard to beat in the...

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