Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Dragons let a few through but have cause to be confident

Phil Gould Were St George Illawarra too good? Or were the understrength Wests Tigers very poor? Let's lean towards the positive here. I think the Dragons have definitely improved from last season.

Dragons show their courage under fire

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Phil Gould Sometimes you witness the battling team pull off the upset victory and all you can do is stand and applaud.

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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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.

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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

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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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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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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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

Benji can take next giant step with pride

Phil Gould I remember the first time I saw Benji Marshall play. I was calling a Schoolboy Cup game for Channel 9 in Brisbane.

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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

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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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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League

Pigs might fly, but Rabbits? That's another matter entirely

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Phil Gould Rabbits leaves nothing to chance when we travel to games.

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League

Dugan's attitude defeats bullies

Phil Gould Earlier this week, new Dragons recruit Josh Dugan was sitting in a Bondi Junction cafe with a friend. Just after dinner time they're relaxing, enjoying a coffee.

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League

Right on Ricky: decks needed clearing

Phil Gould There are two ways to run a professional football club.

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Solid foundation: Rabbitohs and Roosters to party like it's 1908

Phil Gould Does your team have a realistic shot at the title in 2013? I like the Rabbits and Roosters.

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League

Game's evolution about to take another leap forward

Phil Gould I get the feeling we could be on the verge of another shift in the style of rugby league being played by a number of teams in the NRL competition.

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League

Bennett touch still obvious in clash of past and present

Phil Gould I remember a few seasons ago watching a match between the Wayne Bennett-coached Dragons and the team formerly coached by Bennett, the Brisbane Broncos.

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