Dave Woods

Rugby league correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our rugby league correspondent

About Dave

The BBC's rugby league correspondent, Dave has worked for the... Read more about Dave Woods BBC for 27 years - 22 of those years at Radio 5 live - covering rugby league throughout that time.

He has covered the past five Rugby League World Cups and commented on the each of the finals for either TV or radio.

In 2009 he took over from Ray French as the main TV commentator for rugby league.

He has worked extensively in football, and has commentated and reported on the past five World Cups for BBC radio and the host broadcasters, several Euros finals, the Copa America and the Women's World Cup.

Having watched Rugby League since childhood, he has attended every Challenge Cup final since 1974 - including the replay in 1982 - and has worked as a journalist at each final since 1986.

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford

Is Wembley return the next scene in Radford's 'Rocky film' reign?

Read full article on Challenge Cup semi-finals: Lee Radford's Hull FC reign 'like a Rocky movie'

Hull FC coach Lee Radford reckons his six years in charge of the Airlie Birds has been like starring in a Rocky movie.

Radford could be on the verge of leading his side to a third Challenge Cup final in four years as the 2016 and 2017 winners take on Warrington Wolves in Saturday's semi-final at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Great Britain Lions head coach Wayne Bennett

GB's Bennett gives heritage player warning

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Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett says he will only consider picking a heritage player for this year's Lions tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea if they approach him and declare their commitment.

And he revealed one player has put their hand up and asked to be considered. But he won't reveal his identity at this stage.

Catalans Dragons fans

Can Catalans' Nou Camp fixture shape future of Super League?

Read full article on How Catalans are shaping rugby league's future with help from Wigan & Barcelona

Catalans Dragons and Wigan will be making history and shaping the future of their sport in both France and England when they stride out at Barcelona's Nou Camp, says one French rugby league expert.

A crowd of at least 30,000 is expected in the iconic arena for Saturday's game, which would be a record for a regular-season match between two Super League sides.

LeBron James (left) and Konrad Hurrell

What do Super League & NBA basketball have in common? What to look out for in 2019

Read full article on Super League 2019: Six reasons to be excited about the new season

New rules, a new team and new star names. Super League is back for 2019 and with it a fresh sense of excitement as the road to Old Trafford starts all over again.

The new season starts on Thursday with one of the fiercest rivalries in rugby league as champions Wigan Warriors travel to St Helens.

Leeds celebrate winning the 2017 Super League Grand Final

Why 2019 could prove a 'new beginning' for Super League

Read full article on Super League: Why 2019 season could be pivotal for rugby league

'New beginnings' was the buzz phrase that decorated the launch of the new Super League season, which kicks off on Thursday night as St Helens host Wigan.

And there is a genuine feeling that, after months of rancour, rows and upheaval off the field, 2019 could be a pivotal year for the sport.