Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Eels can't afford yet another quick fix

Phil Gould The plight of the Parramatta Eels and the acrimonious departure during the week of their coach, Ricky Stuart, are the talk of the rugby league world.

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League

Manly shine through, just as Parramatta expected

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Phil Gould It wasn't the greatest spectacle of rugby league. But it was certainly an exciting afternoon's entertainment.

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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

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

Grades of grey: puzzle of the shoulder charge

Phil Gould If the NRL's match review committee believes Sonny Bill Williams' shoulder made illegal contact with George Burgess' head in the final minute of last Thursday's match between South Sydney and Sydney...

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League

Rampant Rabbitohs match brains with brawn

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Phil Gould Despite the murky and difficult conditions, along with having several of their key players unavailable due to suspension and Origin football, South Sydney still managed to put on a show at ANZ...

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The pressure's on Pearce to perform

Pearce

Phil Gould Tonight is a big night for Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce.

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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

Easy, Tigers: Brooks needs time to learn

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Phil Gould Some of the hysteria in the media as a result of Luke Brooks' debut performance is just ridiculous.

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League

Knights' armour shines, but it was against Parra

Phil Gould Sunday's victory by Newcastle over Parramatta showed yet again the value of great leadership and experience in a football club.

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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

Why the players’ rights are paramount

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Phil Gould Phil Gould pinpoints six issues pertinent to rugby league this week.

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Set od Six

Young gun Idris finds old invincible streak

Phil Gould I am so excited about the improvement in young Jamal Idris from the Gold Coast Titans this season.

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Set of Six

Origin: it's back baby

Jarryd Hayne

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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Amazing Inglis No.1 in every facet of the game

Greg Inglis

Phil Gould Modern-day coaches say that having a great fullback is like having an extra man on the field. Conversely, if you don't have a great fullback, you are giving away a lot of start to the rest of the...

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

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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

Blueprints are the same, but Storm still do it better

Phil Gould I thoroughly enjoyed the first games of rugby league for the new season.

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Set of Six

New interpretations an embarrassment for the game

Phil Gould As predicted, coaches and players have now made a mockery of the new obstruction interpretations.

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