Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Set of Six

Phil Gould's Set of Six: North Queensland Cowboys off to another slow start

Phil Gould After a fast finish to their 2013 season and an unlucky exit from the finals, the Cowboys were handed a very favourable draw for the start of the 2014 competition.

League

Knights ride tide of emotion on a day when football came second to community

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Phil Gould It was always going to be a tough afternoon for all concerned at Newcastle on Sunday. I will leave it for others to describe the events and the emotions of the day.

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Set of Six

Phil Gould: Grand finalists back on track

Phil Gould After disappointing displays last week, last year's grand finalists bounced back in impressive fashion. Manly had a gutsy win against Souths, while the Roosters were all class against the Eels.

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.

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League

Why NRL clubs need to play at big stadiums

Phil Gould Is it any wonder Sydney teams are finding themselves faced with the dilemma of leaving historical suburban home bases to play in the larger stadiums?

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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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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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Last man standing

Rabbits and Roosters justify the hype

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: The Rabbitohs celebrate a try by John Sutton during the round 15 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on June 23, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Phil Gould The State of Origin period will be over in 10 days time. The run to the finals for the 16 NRL clubs will then begin.

Set of Six

Cap success steeped in subterfuge

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Phil Gould I'm sorry, but I cringe every time I see an NRL press release that churns out the tired old line about the salary cap being a major contributor to the success of the game and how the salary cap gives...

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League

Attracting big crowds all about star power

Phil Gould There has been a fair amount of hysteria in recent times about rugby league attendances.

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Set of Six

Knights must run the gauntlet to play finals

Phil Gould A loss to the Broncos would leave the Knights needing to win three or maybe even four of their last five games.

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League

Tough to split four giants in final race

Phil Gould Five rounds to go. Which team do you like to win the NRL competition? Why? Is your heart ruling your head? Or have you drilled down into the science of it all and produced an educated opinion?

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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

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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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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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Brilliant Barba's a cut above the rest

Phil Gould Ben Barba is truly extraordinary. He is now one of the greatest assets rugby league can boast.

Manly show their best is frighteningly good

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.