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.

Shaun Edwards celebrates Hull FC's Challenge Cup final win over Hull FC

The greatest Challenge Cup final ever?

Read full article on Challenge Cup: Shaun Edwards recalls Wigan's 1985 triumph over Hull FC

It's remembered as one of rugby league's golden occasions - a Wembley final that featured world-class stars scoring sensational tries and with a nail-biting finale.

The 1985 Challenge Cup final between Wigan and Hull is one of five classic finals from five decades that will be included a special programme on BBC One on Saturday (13:15 BST).

Tony Smith

'Shutdown is chance for rugby league to reset'

Read full article on Coronavirus: Suspension of rugby league is chance to reset - Smith

The coronavirus shutdown could be a chance for rugby league to reset and create a new blueprint for the future of the sport, according to one of the game's most experienced figures.

Survival of clubs is the immediate concern, says Hull KR head coach Tony Smith, but the whole game has a chance now to change direction and plot a more sustainable future - with a focus on talent production.

Super League in 2020 - players from all 12 clubs stand under the post for a promotional shot

'Two years that will shape rugby league'

Read full article on Super League 2020: 'Two years that will shape rugby league'

This is not just the start of a new season - we're at the beginning of a two-year period that will define the whole future of rugby league.

There are television deals to be negotiated, a World Cup to be staged, possible private equity investment to be considered and expansion to be handled.

James Graham

'Pack GB away and focus on the future'

Read full article on Great Britain Rugby League: Leave the Lions in the history books and focus on the future

Great Britain was back. Out came those white shirts with the red and blue Vs and the lion on the chest, and we all burst with pride at the memories of what we thought that brand was all about.

But please Rugby Football League, can we pack away all the paraphernalia and retire the GB Rugby League Lions for good now? Things aren't what they used to be.

Great Britain's John Bateman squares up to New Zealand's Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

New Zealand 'tougher beast' for GB Lions

Read full article on Great Britain Lions: Can GB save the Test series against New Zealand?

In a week in which all the talk has been about Sonny Bill Williams, it's easy to overlook the fact that Great Britain still have a Test match series to save.

Defeat a fortnight ago by Tonga has been put into context by their historic and emotional win over Australia a week later. And, but for a late and heroic try-saving tackle by Kenny Bromwich in Auckland, the Rugby League Lions may have been bouncing into Christchurch full of optimism.

Jackson Hastings, who first arrived in England to join Salford in July 2018, qualifies for GB duty through his Plymouth-born grandmother.

Man of Steel Hastings proud to play for Great Britain

Read full article on Jackson Hastings: 'I'm proud to play for Great Britain', says Man of Steel

Jackson Hastings' accent may be pure Aussie but he says he is ready to invest his heart and soul into playing for Great Britain.

And the 2019 Man of Steel says he is also ready to be taught a masterclass by his fellow Lions as they prepare to tackle Tonga, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea over the next four weeks.