Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Rabbitohs show their premiership hand with Knights demolition

Phil Gould South Sydney Rabbitohs 50 Newcastle Knights 10. I was not expecting that kind of a scoreline.

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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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Rampant Rabbitohs match brains with brawn

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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Rabbitohs have what it takes to give title shake

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Phil Gould South Sydney fans can really start to get excited. They're probably showing signs of jubilation already.

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

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

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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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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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Anthony Minichiello will be remembered as one of Roosters' great servants

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Phil Gould The announcement on Monday that 2014 will be Anthony Minichiello’s final season in the NRL should give the Roosters further incentive to win back-to-back titles and send out their popular...

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Forwards in backs a step in wrong direction

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Phil Gould I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many matches as I have seen this year in which coaches have selected players out of position to fill holes caused by injuries and suspensions.

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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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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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Laurie Daley has done the right thing by trusting his gut instinct on Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate

Phil Gould I know we have said it before, but I really like the look of this New South Wales team for Origin II in Sydney next Wednesday night. The return of Greg Bird is a huge bonus.

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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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Quick and the dead: Game is speeding up and leaving the wrestle in its wake

Phil Gould Let's spend less time with the wrestling coaches. More time with the football coaches. Let's play some football.

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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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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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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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Set of Six: Play to the whistle, boys!

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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Hitting fast forward on NRL video refereeing gives pause for thought

Phil Gould Let’s take a sneak peek at the future of rugby league.

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