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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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

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'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.

Chase Stanley scores a try for Toronto Wolfpack

The 'wacky race' for four Super League spots

Read full article on Qualifiers: The 'wacky' scramble for Super League spots in 2019

It has been a wacky race across three countries and two continents for the past six weeks in rugby league's Qualifiers.

There have been twists and turns that have left Super League clubs Leeds (last year's Grand Final winners), Hull KR and Salford Red Devils clinging on for survival in the top division, and have already condemned Widnes to relegation.

Eddie Hearn

Can Hearn unlock rugby league's potential?

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The names of Eddie and Barry Hearn have been on the lips of rugby league's chattering classes for some time.

It is not an illogical association. The game is in desperate need of a shot of media hype and marketing invention; the Hearns have been demonstrably successful in turning some sports, darts in particular, into much talked about phenomena.

Leeds v Castleford

Six themes to follow in Super League 2018

Read full article on Super League: Who and what to look out for in 2018

More tackles, more tries, more excitement. Super League is back for 2018 and with it a whole new set of characters hoping to establish their place in rugby league folklore.

The new season starts with two matches on Thursday, 1 February - champions Leeds Rhinos go to Warrington, who have a new coach in Steve Price, while Challenge Cup holders Hull FC host Huddersfield Giants.