Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Set of Six

Topsy-turvy NRL gives fans of all teams reason for optimism

Phil Gould Much has been written about the upsets we’ve seen through the first five rounds of this NRL season.

It should be South Sydney, but you can never write off Canterbury Bulldogs in NRL grand final

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Phil Gould South Sydney's demolition of the Roosters last Friday night was one of the most powerful and complete performances I have seen from a team in a big game for many years.

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Russell Crowe’s a great friend of South Sydney Rabbitohs and rugby league

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Phil Gould I don't know Russell Crowe, but I have long been an admirer of what he has done for the South Sydney club and the game of rugby league.

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Roosters defeat North Queensland Cowboys without the ball

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Phil Gould What an extraordinary game we witnessed on Friday night between the Roosters and the Cowboys – so many talking points.

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NRL player draft deserves another look

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Phil Gould There has been much talk in recent times regarding the possibility of a player draft being introduced to the NRL competition.

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Canterbury Bulldogs show how to win in finals football

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Phil Gould Why the Bulldogs and Roosters are the favourites for this week's final matches.

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Gold Coast Titans take out Canterbury Bulldogs in heart-warming display of courage

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Phil Gould Where no game existed, suddenly a golden-point thriller emerged. The match between the Gold Coast and Canterbury yesterday afternoon started out as one of those round-26 matches where little hinged...

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How Penrith Panthers put grey days behind them

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Phil Gould I’ve been asked many times in recent weeks to speak about the huge turnaround in the Panthers over the past few years.

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Johnathan Thurston proving he belongs in the company of the game's truly great

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Phil Gould How good was Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night? League fans have been privileged over the past quarter of a century to be able to marvel at the skills of six of the greatest ever Australian rugby...

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Players make up for circus of hangers-on

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Phil Gould Thank God for the players! If not for them, rugby league would be an absolute circus.

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NRL clash between St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Titans one to forget

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Phil Gould I love my Sunday football. I look forward to it every weekend. But I have to be honest in saying the match played between the St George Illawarra and Gold Coast was extremely hard to watch.

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NRL can solve many problems by limiting video use and having one referee

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Phil Gould The NRL has announced the blueprint for the future of refereeing. Fair enough.

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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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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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From where I sit, South Sydney look ready to end their 43-year premiership drought

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Phil Gould The last time South Sydney won a premiership most people still had black-and-white television sets. That's if they actually owned a TV – 1971 was such a long time ago.

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Scrappy Sea Eagles down on form but remain in pole position

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Phil Gould Maybe the Sea Eagles are just timing their run and don’t want to peak too early.

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I warned you, and now a ball boy has copped it for no good reason

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Phil Gould In my column earlier this season, I wrote: ‘‘Two rules that were introduced to the NRL this season need to be altered as soon as possible.

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Knights to remember: How Newcastle recorded a win for the ages

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Phil Gould Well, one thing we learned on Friday night is that there is definitely no “give-up” in the Newcastle Knights.

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Anthony Griffin's response to his sacking by Brisbane has class stamped all over it

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Phil Gould The way Anthony Griffin has dealt with his sacking by the Broncos stamped this man as all class.

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