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Controversial NRL pundit names ex-Super League coach as “the most underrated ever”

Controversial Australian pundit and Canterbury Bulldogs chief Phil Gould is never short of a big opinion.

He famously stirred the pot as he questioned if St Helens had actually named their strongest side for a friendly as they prepared for the World Club Challenge which built up to something even more bold.

“Is this St Helens top side? Or are they resting some?”

He made matters worse when asked what the score will be next week stating that Penrith will be able to “declare” at halftime.

He said when asked “Panthers by how many?”: “They should be able to declare by half time.”

A bold statement to say at the expense of Super League’s four time reigning Champions who have built a dynasty like nothing else seen in the world of modern rugby league and he was proved wrong when the Saints stunned the Panthers in the World Club Challenge.

Gould also made headlines in the World Cup when he said England “can’t” beat Samoa in the World Cup only for England to defeat Samoa 60-6.

However, that time he was eventually proved right when Samoa beat England in the semi-finals at the Emirates Stadium.

Now he has had a big say on who is the most underrated coach he has seen and he named Brian Smith.

The older brother of current Hull FC coach Tony Smith, Brian also coach Hull.

He had a stunning NRL career and he ended up at Wakefield Trinity in 2015 after he coached Bradford Bulls in the late 1990s.

Brian’s son is Leeds Rhinos coach Rohan Smith.

On Smith, Gould said:

“Always hard to beat. Always a tactical examination. Helped many players reach their potential.”

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