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.

No defence for Cronulla display, but Cowboys will be spurred on

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Phil Gould The quality of yesterday's clash between Cronulla and the North Queensland Cowboys never rose to any great heights.

League

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

Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

League

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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League

Leaders show their form as NRL season picks up pace

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Phil Gould We are now halfway through round of the NRL premiership race and the State of Origin period looms large.

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League

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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League

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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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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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

Phil Gould's Set of Six: Best wishes to young Newcastle forward Alex McKinnnon

Phil Gould The terrible injury to Knights forward Alex McKinnon represents one of those heart-stopping moments in sport every person fears.

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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.

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League

Tough to split four giants in final race

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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

One-stop shop is a sign of the times

Phil Gould If there is one positive to come out of the whole ASADA debacle, then it is the establishment of the NRL integrity unit.

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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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SET OF SEVEN

You'd be brave to tip against Storm, but I am

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Phil Gould You would have to be crazy tipping against Melbourne this weekend.

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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

Trio's return to yield more tries than semi

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Phil Gould The first semi-final clash between the Roosters and Sea Eagles three weeks ago was one of the most gripping and high-intensity games of football I have seen in a long time.

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A sad day for all but two sets of fans

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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Manly show their best is frighteningly good

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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.