Phil Gould

Phil Gould

Phil Gould is a League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

League

Roosters Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney miss chance to shine with Storm on back foot

Phil Gould The discarded Origin duo did little to enhance their prospects of a recall.

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

Roosters and Manly clash packed with controversial incidents

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Phil Gould There has been plenty of fallout from the Sea Eagles’ 8-0 defeat of the Roosters on Friday night.

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League

Late gift from courageous Knights gives reason for Roosters to soar

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Phil Gould The Knights weren't that far away from beating the Roosters on Sunday.

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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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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.

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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

Predicting the NRL top eight is tough, so buckle up for the run to the finals

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Phil Gould With the rounds of matches affected so significantly by Origin now finally behind us, we can at last settle back and enjoy the final third of the season.

League

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

Phil Gould 1. Never get tired of winning, Blues

League

Star power: The game’s good guys are making a difference away from spotlight

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Phil Gould “Panthers on the Prowl” is the Community arm of the Penrith Panthers. The purpose of the “Prowl” programs is to enhance opportunities for our young people and their families...

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League

Referees should be seen and not heard

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Phil Gould Please get the microphones and the television cameras off the referees. I haven’t raised this subject for a number of years, but in light of recent events, I would like to reaffirm my objection...

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League

NRL desperately needs a summit to sort out junior development

Phil Gould Player development is a hot topic in rugby league at the moment. The recent situations involving young players like James Tedesco and Anthony Milford, where one club spends time and money developing...

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SET OF SIX

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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League

Benji Marshall and Daniel Mortimer show they can be the real deal

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Phil Gould Both the Gold Coast Titans and the St George Illawarra Dragons came into Sunday's clash down on their luck.

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Set of Six

Set of Six: Players are making fools of the referees and the game

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Phil Gould We’ve now come full circle on the obstruction dilemma.

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League

Australia must lead international league off the field as well

Phil Gould We urgently need a summit on all aspects of representative football. We have had to put up with ridiculous scheduling for far too long.

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League

Parramatta Eels put horror season behind them

Phil Gould Congratulations to the Parramatta Eels and coach Brad Arthur. Their victory on Monday night was their fifth this season.

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League

Leaders show their form as NRL season picks up pace

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Phil Gould We are now halfway through round of the NRL premiership race and the State of Origin period looms large.

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League

NSW Blues need a long-term plan to stop Queensland's State of Origin dominance

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Phil Gould I don't think I can ever remember a period of such intense speculation and comment leading into the selection of a NSW Origin team.

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League

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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