Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Stuart ... to Daley - Blues in safe hands again

Phil Gould Ricky Stuart, NSW Origin coach for the past two years, has now passed the responsibility of leading the Blues onto his former teammate Laurie Daley. Actually, they were more than just teammates.

League

Blues can have no excuse for failure

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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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League

The new and improved Blues deserved win

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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Blues ready to emerge from a six-year nightmare

Gallen

Phil Gould "It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best'. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary."

Set of Six

Set of Six: Play to the whistle, boys!

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Phil Gould Two weeks in a row now we have witnessed controversial moments in two separate matches with issues relating to half-time and full-time sirens.

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League

Roosters on the cusp of greatness

Phil Gould It could well be the first time since 1993 that the defending champions go back-to-back and win consecutive premierships.

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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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League

Maroons selectors betray first signs of panic

Phil Gould Queensland selectors have chosen only one genuine front-row forward for Game II of the 2013 Origin series.

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The pressure's on Pearce to perform

Pearce

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

If this is illegal, then I'm an astronaut

Phil Gould If the Josh Dugan tackle on Panther fullback Matt Moylan on Saturday night was illegal, then I am an astronaut.

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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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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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Rugby League

Small crowd didn't deter the big men from big plays

Phil Gould Does the City v Country match really mean something? If we go by the purpose and spirit shown by the 34 players who participated in this event on Sunday, then the answer is ''yes''.

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League

Welcome to the new era for rugby league

Phil Gould NRL restructure long overdue

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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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Set of Six

Origin: it's back baby

Jarryd Hayne

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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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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Queensland's system has NSW searching

Origin

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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