Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Roosters Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney miss chance to shine with Storm on back foot

Phil Gould The discarded Origin duo did little to enhance their prospects of a recall.

League

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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Roosters and Manly clash packed with controversial incidents

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Phil Gould There has been plenty of fallout from the Sea Eagles’ 8-0 defeat of the Roosters on Friday night.

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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

Brawn beats brains as Manly’s hopes go south

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Phil Gould There is so much to write about when looking to analyse how this preliminary final might play out on Friday night.

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League

Valedictory victory? Williams paved way

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Phil Gould The Roosters are worthy title holders. The best thing about their premiership this year is the quality of the opposition they had to defeat.

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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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Why I'm welcoming home NRL's prodigal Son

Phil Gould In the February of season 2005, I published a column in this newspaper about a young man by the name of Sonny Bill Williams. This is just part of what I wrote:

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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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SET OF SIX

Why the players’ rights are paramount

Phil Gould Phil Gould pinpoints six issues pertinent to rugby league this week.

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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

The new and improved Blues deserved win

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Phil Gould In simple terms, NSW won this match because they improved in all facets of their attitude and play since last year’s series; Queensland did not.

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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

Let's not ruin hopes of signing Folau again

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Phil Gould If Israel Folau wishes to return to the NRL and we have clubs willing to sign him then as a game we should act promptly.

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League

Clash of old rivals deserves full house

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Phil Gould Next Friday night's match between the Roosters and Rabbitohs represents the most anticipated clash of the season.

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Fine game but not quite in top league

Phil Gould What a great event on Friday night. There are so many things to talk about as a result of what we witnessed.

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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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