Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Sam Burgess is stopped by the London Irish defence at the Rec
David Strettle plays ahead of Chris Ashton on the wing for Saracens against Northampton

Aviva Premiership weekend preview: Northampton Saints seek to avoid 'busted flush' syndrome

Saints aiming to avoid third defeat this month

The Wasps team run on to the pitch for their first game at the Ricoh Arena, against London Irish, in December

Wasps reap reward from Ricoh gamble

Attendances and hopes are booming since Wasps were sent to Coventry, writes Chris Hewett. Now for a place in next season's Champions Cup

England still see Sam Burgess as an inside centre but he plays for Bath tonight on the blind-side flank

Time running out for Sam Burgess to impress England hierarchy as season nears its end

The Yorkshireman will start at flanker when Bath face London Irish - but red-rose coach Stuart Lancaster would prefer to see him perform at inside centre

Booted and spurred: ‘World class’ James O’Connor en route to 22 points

Blow for England as Australia move the goalposts to allow stars based abroad to play

Wallabies’ decision to start selecting foreign-based stars is bad news for Lancaster and puts spotlight back on Armitage issue ahead of World Cup

Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell contract: Outside-half joy at signing long-term Saracens deal

Meanwhile, Australia’s Quade Cooper could be heading to Toulon after the World Cup

Joe Launchbury

Joe Launchbury’s return lifts England as All Blacks lose Aaron Cruden for World Cup

Injury news and concerns mounting ahead of tournament

Jonny May scores Gloucester’s third and last try against Exeter during the 30-19 European Challenge Cup semi-final win at Kingsholm on Saturday

The only English flag left in Europe this season is Gloucester's cherry and white

Despite problems in Europe, now may not be the time for clubs to panic

Saracens centre Brad Barritt
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Clermont Auvergne vs Saracens: Jamie George can be the saint of England

Jamie George has become Saracens’ first choice No 2 and is now the most eye-catching hooker in the country. But before he even thinks about his red rose chances and the World Cup, he tells Chris Hewett, he has a job to do against Clermont

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