Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Set of Six

What were the Booze Bros. thinking?

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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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The pressure's on Pearce to perform

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Phil Gould Tonight is a big night for Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce.

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League

A masterclass as Maroons target Merritt and Maloney

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Phil Gould There is no other way to describe what happened in Brisbane last night as anything other than Queensland dishing out an Origin football lesson to the NSW Blues.

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SET OF SIX

The time has come for Pearce to create Origin legacy

Phil Gould After having read my Origin previews before games one and two of this year's series, I guess a few people may have formed the opinion I am putting a little too much pressure on NSW halfback Mitchell...

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SET OF SIX

Band together and Wests will be won

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

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

Thirteen for '13: My team of the year

Andrew Fifita

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

More time on the big stage can only help

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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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Set of Six

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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League

Panthers carving a niche at top level

Phil Gould Over the past six months, I have been blessed with the experience of dealing with two of the NRL's truly great players.

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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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Manly show their best is frighteningly good

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Phil Gould A sunny, August Sunday afternoon at their Brookvale home base, hosting the in-form Knights, provided the perfect platform for Manly to make a statement about their 2012 intentions.

No defence for Cronulla display, but Cowboys will be spurred on

Phil Gould The quality of yesterday's clash between Cronulla and the North Queensland Cowboys never rose to any great heights.

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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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League

Dugan owes his fans respect, and Mr Bennett's been busy

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Phil Gould The six salient points Phil Gould noticed from the first week of the 2013 NRL competition.

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League

Blueprints are the same, but Storm still do it better

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Phil Gould I thoroughly enjoyed the first games of rugby league for the new season.

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Queensland's system has NSW searching

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Phil Gould It was a gripping State of Origin series. The result was still in the balance right up until the final play in the decider.

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