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State of Origin news, Andrew Johns, Phil Gould, 2003 NSW Blues camp, photo, story


The primary episode of Broad World of Sports activities’ Tales of Origin podcast can be launched on Friday Might 13. This story is taken from episode two, The Champions, which can be launched on Monday Might 16. Subscribe to Tales of Origin on Spotify, Apple, Google.

Phil Gould and Andrew Johns have lifted the lid on an notorious picture snapped in the course of the 2003 State of Origin camp.

Newspapers on the time ran the picture on the entrance pages, claiming a rift between the famous person halfback and the New South Wales coach on the time.

The picture reveals coach Gould extending his proper arm in the direction of Johns, who stands along with his arms crossed wanting unimpressed.

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Gould had pulled Johns out of a crew lunch and brought him onto the close by coaching area to talk one-on-one.

“On the time I wasn’t enjoying that nicely. I had quite a bit of discussions away from footy, in all probability footy wasn’t my No.1 focus… different issues had been getting in the way in which,” Johns recalled for Broad World of Sports activities’ Tales of Origin podcast.

“He put me on present, and I did not take it too nicely. It blew up – there’s images in every single place. It was all paper speak, I used to be by no means not going to play.

“I went residence and I did that a lot additional coaching, obtained myself rock laborious match, after which we obtained into Origin and I used to be able to go.”

Johns admits he was filthy with Gould on the time the picture was taken, however in hindsight is aware of it was what he wanted.

“There is not any one higher at man managing, and managing huge egos too. And on the time I wanted my wings clipped, I wanted a kick within the bottom and I would not get it wherever else,” he stated.

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“You get to a sure stage, individuals do not let you know the reality. They bulls–t to you. He did not bulls–t me, he hit me straight between the eyes.

“On the time I did not prefer it, however I look again now and realise it is what wanted to be finished. There’s solely a pair of individuals who would do this, and Gus was one of them.”

Media studies claimed the picture confirmed an offended Gould laying down the legislation to his out-of-form Origin halfback.

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However the man himself defined what was actually getting into.

“The reporting of that incident was disgraceful again within the day, and was pointed at me greater than something, and made it very tough for him,” Gould advised Broad World of Sports activities’ Six Tackles with Gus podcast.

“I bear in mind the precise picture – in that picture I used to be really explaining to him how I needed him to defend.

“I defended him behind the road, in an old school function, and he would solely loom into the road to place stress on (Darren) Lockyer, whichever aspect of the sphere he was. So relatively than defend one place he would defend one participant.

“I used to be really standing there speaking to him (saying) ‘you’ll stand behind the road’, and that is the picture the place I am going like that (holding my hand up). (The media) dressed it up into one thing it wasn’t.”

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Following that incident, studies claimed Johns had threatened to withdraw from the Blues squad and sit out the 2003 Origin collection.

He says that was by no means going to occur. Gould made positive it did not.

“Joey referred to as me a pair weeks later… and stated ‘Would you like me within the crew or not?’,” Gould stated.

“And I stated ‘Andrew they’ve offered 52,000 tickets to this sport, they don’t seem to be coming to observe me coach, mate, they’re coming to observe you play’.

“And that was that. He was excellent, we gained the primary two video games.”

The Blues gained the 2003 Origin collection with Gould and Johns on the helm.

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