The RFL wishes to send its condolences to the family of BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster David Oates, who passed away last night after a short illness. He was 50.
David Oates was a regular commentator on Rugby League on BBC 5 Live and 5 Live Extra where the lifelong Blackpool fan’s knowledge of, and love for the sport always shone through. He also commentated on a number of Championship matches for Premier Sports.
“On behalf of everyone in Rugby League I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to David’s wife Charlotte and their children at this terrible time,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.
“David was not just a friend to the sport, he was a friend to many people at the RFL and we are shocked and saddened by his untimely death.
“As a broadcaster he was the consummate professional: his commentaries were never anything other than accurate, intuitive and knowledgeable.
“As a man, ‘Oatise’ was funny, immensely likeable and thoroughly decent. We are all going to miss him terribly.”