Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.
19 April 2014 12:01 AM
Victory in ‘Battle of Kingsholm’ shows how far club have come after troubled times
18 April 2014 11:55 PM
Ten minutes from the end of a tumultuous contest, Harlequins were four points adrift of the reigning champions and preparing to bid the most reluctant of farewells to their Premiership title ambitions. But no side armed with players running as hot as the scrum-half Danny Care and the full-back Mike Brown are ever wholly without hope. The two England internationals, assisted by the newly arrived Ben Botica, conjured a training ground try in the corner and when Botica added a penalty from distance, their league season was alive again.
18 April 2014 08:49 PM
Northampton v London Irish
Strange as it may seem, Northampton have been off their game since Luther Burrell, Lee Dickson, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood ended their England stint and reappeared at Franklin’s Gardens. They cannot afford to stay off it for much longer. Victory over the Exiles is a minimum requirement if Jim Mallinder’s charges are to nail down a home Premiership semi-final.
17 April 2014 11:51 PM
The fly-half will try to increase the champions' chances of a top-two league finish
15 April 2014 11:03 PM
The chief executive of Premier Rugby has played a difficult hand with considerable expertise
14 April 2014 10:53 PM
Ian Ritchie may have emerged from the vicious turf war over European club rugby with an enviable reputation as a problem-solving boardroom tactician – only a skilled negotiator could have convinced some of the sport’s most powerful figures their bunker mentality would lead them to ruin – but the Rugby Football Union chief executive faces a second challenge ahead of next year’s home World Cup that will test his gifts of persuasion to the limit.
11 April 2014 11:24 PM
Pennell is a brilliant full-back. He is also the son of a former Test cricketer. But, as he tells Chris Hewett, staying loyal to Worcester means going unrecognised in the short term
11 April 2014 11:02 PM
Saracens v Northampton (2pm Saturday)
10 April 2014 11:09 PM
Starting next season, the new elite tournament will be a 20-team affair, four fewer than the Heineken Cup
07 April 2014 06:58 PM
Northampton have struggled in the past month without their injured No 10 Stephen Myler
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