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 v Warrington

Pay issue could stop Super League restart

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Super League’s restart in August could be under threat because of player unrest over continued pay cuts, says Warrington prop Mike Cooper.

Only three teams are believed to have been able to reach an agreement on wage structures with their players for when the season resumes.

George Williams

Williams making big impact in NRL

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English half-back George Williams is proving to be a headline act in Australia after his latest match-winning display for Canberra Raiders.

And his former England team-mate Kevin Brown says Williams' move to the NRL, coupled with a switch from the left to the right side of the field, has made him "the complete half-back" who will only get better and better.

England head coach Shaun Wane

Wane upbeat about Ashes tour happening

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England head coach Shaun Wane is optimistic that this year's Ashes will go ahead - even if that means switching dates and venues for the planned three matches against Australia.

The Kangaroos' first away series against England for 17 years, set for October and November, seems less than certain amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

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

The greatest Challenge Cup final ever?

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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'

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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'

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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'

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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.