Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

State of Origin: Why the Blues need to win game three

Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

League

NRL desperately needs a summit to sort out junior development

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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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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

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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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

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

State of Origin: Superlatives not enough to describe unbelievable contest

Blues fullback Jarryd Hayne was phenomenal against Queensland.

Phil Gould It's hard to find the words to describe what we witnessed in game one of State of Origin for 2014. Outstanding? That just doesn't seem to cover it.

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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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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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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

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

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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League

Blues can have no excuse for failure

Phil Gould Following Cooper Cronk's 41-metre field goal that sailed between the posts in game three last year to sink the Blues' State of Origin title hopes for a seventh straight year, a number of the NSW...

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Set of Six

Origin: it's back baby

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Phil Gould Origin is definitely a team game, but I will be particularly interested in the performance of Blues fullback Jarryd Hayne.

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League

Right on Ricky: decks needed clearing

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Phil Gould There are two ways to run a professional football club.

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