Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Maroons selectors betray first signs of panic

Phil Gould Queensland selectors have chosen only one genuine front-row forward for Game II of the 2013 Origin series.

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A masterclass as Maroons target Merritt and Maloney

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Phil Gould There is no other way to describe what happened in Brisbane last night as anything other than Queensland dishing out an Origin football lesson to the NSW Blues.

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

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Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

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NSW finally get Origin ... and they get the series

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Phil Gould Blues! Blues! Blues! Blues! We finally get it. The players get it! The crowd gets it! The State of NSW gets it!

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Why I cheered when Peter Sharp chose to walk away from the Shire

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Phil Gould Peter Sharp is a good man. Humble, always polite, always helpful.

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

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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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Phil Gould's impassioned plea to the Blues preparing for Origin I

Phil Gould The tipsters say NSW can’t win. They confidently predict the Queensland juggernaut will roll on.

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Origin One exposes dearth of quality Australian props

Phil Gould The bottom line is that many of our best NRL props are Englishmen or Kiwis.

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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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State of Origin: Superlatives not enough to describe unbelievable contest

Blues fullback Jarryd Hayne was phenomenal against Queensland.

Phil Gould It's hard to find the words to describe what we witnessed in game one of State of Origin for 2014. Outstanding? That just doesn't seem to cover it.

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State of Origin II: What NSW need to do to break drought

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Phil Gould There is still so much to do for NSW. We are only one-third the way through this 2014 State of Origin series.

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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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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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No reinventing the wheel; Knights just rolled with what they do best

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Phil Gould In their previous two matches, Newcastle were awful in their second-half performances. They virtually took no part in proceedings following the half-time break in either game, succumbing meekly to...

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Blues can have no excuse for failure

Phil Gould Following Cooper Cronk's 41-metre field goal that sailed between the posts in game three last year to sink the Blues' State of Origin title hopes for a seventh straight year, a number of the NSW...

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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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The new and improved Blues deserved win

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Phil Gould In simple terms, NSW won this match because they improved in all facets of their attitude and play since last year’s series; Queensland did not.

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Right on Ricky: decks needed clearing

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

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The pressure's on Pearce to perform

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

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Band together and Wests will be won

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Phil Gould I don't think the Wests Ashfield club is being at all unreasonable regarding the conditions it requires to continue funding the club.

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