Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Andy Goode breaks clear to score a try
Give us change: So says Saracens’ chief-executive Edward Griffiths

Saracens chief claims backing for bid to scrap the salary cap

Edward Griffiths to propose idea in early February

Stephen Vaughan: I’m determined to unleash the ‘Gloucester dog’

On the day his new-look team take on their local rivals Bath, the Kingsholm chief executive Stephen Vaughan tells Chris Hewett how far they have come and how far there is still to go in the radical re-building of a once great club

Toulon’s president Mourad Boudjellal is a controversial figure

Chris Hewett: Tasteless Toulon getting far too big for their boots

Led by their voluble president, the self-regarding French club squeal at the slightest setback

Joe Launchbury watches a Wasps training session

Joe Launchbury injury: Launchbury injury rules him out of England’s Six Nations

Joe Launchbury, outstanding in last year’s tournament,  will have operation which needs four months’ recovery

Martin Castrogiovanni was handed a four-match ban, suspended till April 2016, and must pay a Leicester charity €10,000

Toulon's Delon Armitage banned for three months and Martin Castrogiovanni fined after Leicester Tigers row

The charges relate to incidents during the French side's clash with the Premiership club

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he still ‘had the hunger and desire’ to continue in the job

Hansen extends All Black deal until 2017

Hansen broke new ground by signing a three-year contract extension

George Ford, the Bath stand-off, has had a great 2014 and is hoping for an even better 2015 – World Cup year

George Ford interview: 'There can be no patting yourself on the back...'

Bath fly-half Ford, who made the England No 10 spot his own last month ahead of a World Cup in 2015, refuses to use the rearview mirror. Instead, he tells Chris Hewett, he intends to look forward and keep improving for club and country

Wasps’ Tom Varndell scores his second try
Bath’s Matt Banahan (centre) and Sam Burgess (left) team up last night

Bath vs Montpellier: Matt Banahan upstages Sam Burgess as Bath keep Euro hopes alive

Bath 32 Montpellier 12: Rugby League convert sets up first try but Banahan hat-trick takes the plaudits

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