Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

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...

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.

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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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Hitting fast forward on NRL video refereeing gives pause for thought

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

Set of Six

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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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.

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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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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

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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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

Tough to split four giants in final race

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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League

Distracted Roosters forgot about game at hand

Phil Gould Attitude is everything. In sport, we use terms such as ''focus on the process'', ''stay in the moment'', '' don't dwell on the past'', ''don't get your head too far into the future''.

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League

Clash of old rivals deserves full house

Phil Gould Next Friday night's match between the Roosters and Rabbitohs represents the most anticipated clash of the season.

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League

Fine game but not quite in top league

Phil Gould What a great event on Friday night. There are so many things to talk about as a result of what we witnessed.

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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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