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.

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Five reasons why the 20th Grand Final is unmissable

Read full article on Grand Final: Five reasons why Castleford v Leeds will be unmissable

The 20th Grand Final takes place at Old Trafford this Saturday, and Castleford Tigers take on Leeds Rhinos to decide the champions of rugby league's Super League.

All the action will be live on BBC Radio 5 Live and there is an extensive highlights programme on BBC Two at 17:00 BST on Sunday.

Jesse Sene-Lefao scores for Castleford

'Time to pipe down and give Super League refs a break'

Read full article on Dave Woods column: Time to pipe down and give referees a break

It's time to put a hold on the hysteria, pipe down the clamour, stop the wailing and give rugby league's referees a break.

The man in the middle is never far away from being the subject of terrace cat-calls and social media meltdowns. Long-faced coaches aren't shy of making subtle jibes in news conferences, side-stepping fines with careful words, but leaving no-one in any doubt about what they thought of an official.