Phil Gould ruins NRL legend Paul Gallen over Sonny Bill Williams claim
Rugby League legend Phil Gould has given Paul Gallen a fair tongue-lashing after the pair traded blows over the return of Sonny Bill Williams.
The code-hopping superstar’s plans for beyond the 2020 NRL season with the Roosters continue to intrigue commentators around the game following revelations earlier this week the Bulldogs are reportedly lining up a play for the Toronto Wolfpack star.
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Williams’ plans for the off-season are just as juicy with reports last month revealing the 35-year-old has agreed to fight AFL legend Barry Hall at the end of the NRL season — yet again snubbing old rival Gallen.
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Gallen has chased the boxing fight with Williams harder than any of the Kiwi’s opponents with reports earlier this year claiming both Hall and Gallen were in line for paydays of more than $2 million if they could get Williams to step into the ring with them.
It is clearly a sore spot for Gallen — and Gould on Monday night went right for it on Channel 9’s 100% Footy.
It all started when Nine journalist Danny Weidler reiterated reports from earlier this week that the Bulldogs’ new jersey sponsor, Laundy Hotels — operated by the Laundy family, including Stu Laundy — are interested in bringing Williams back to the club he famously walked out on in 2008.
“I spoke to Stu Laundy today and he is going to meet with (Williams’ manager) Khoder Nasser some time in the near future to start raising this proposition,” Weidler said.
“I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility.”
Gould then poked fun of Weidler’s close relationship with Nasser, before suggesting the reporter and Gallen were a little bit too close during the former NSW State of Origin captain’s career.
“There’s your Sonny Bill man,” Gould said of Weidler.
“You used to be Paul Gallen’s man.
“How come you had Paul Gallen on the six o’clock news every night of the week? Every night of the week. Every night of the week.”
Gallen then cut in to say: “I made him famous”.
But Gould had the last laugh with an even quicker wisecrack: “I think he made you famous”.
Gould’s lighthearted banter derailed the conversation surrounding Williams’ possible interest in returning to Canterbury.
“It would have to be a lot of money. It would have to be serious money,” Gallen said of the Bulldogs’ recruitment hopes.
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Host James Bracey then went for the same sore spot Gould did.
“Have you asked SBW why he won’t fight Gal? Gal’s filthy about this,” he said.
Gallen laughed it off, but said he was keen at the idea of Williams coming onto the Monday night show to face off in person after his years of ducking the former Cronulla captain’s fight challenges.
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