Rugby League pays tribute to David Oates

7th February 2013

London Skolars would  like  to echo the sentiments of the RFL in sending  its condolences to the family of BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster David Oates, who passed away last weekend 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, ‘Oatsie’ was funny, immensely likeable and thoroughly decent. We are all going to miss him terribly.”

David lived in London and was in attendance at the recent Capital Challenge match at the HAC between Skolars and Broncos.

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