Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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

Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

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NSW Blues need a long-term plan to stop Queensland's State of Origin dominance

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

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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.

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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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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

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

Geoff Toovey is right: minor premiership should carry a major reward

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Phil Gould Manly coach Geoff Toovey is 100 per cent correct in his criticism concerning the lack of reward given to teams who win the minor premiership.

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Why I cheered when Peter Sharp chose to walk away from the Shire

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Phil Gould Peter Sharp is a good man. Humble, always polite, always helpful.

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NSW finally get Origin ... and they get the series

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Phil Gould Blues! Blues! Blues! Blues! We finally get it. The players get it! The crowd gets it! The State of NSW gets it!

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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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Set of Six

Phil Gould's Set of Six: Lifting tackles are not all equal

Phil Gould Taking out a game-wide edict on any tackle that even remotely looks like a lift shows little understanding of what can actually happen in a tackle.

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Set of Six: Players are making fools of the referees and the game

Phil Gould We’ve now come full circle on the obstruction dilemma.

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Parramatta Eels put horror season behind them

Phil Gould Congratulations to the Parramatta Eels and coach Brad Arthur. Their victory on Monday night was their fifth this season.

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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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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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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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Laurie Daley has done the right thing by trusting his gut instinct on Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate

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Phil Gould I know we have said it before, but I really like the look of this New South Wales team for Origin II in Sydney next Wednesday night. The return of Greg Bird is a huge bonus.

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State of Origin II: What NSW need to do to break drought

Phil Gould There is still so much to do for NSW. We are only one-third the way through this 2014 State of Origin series.

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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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