Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Leigh Halfpenny should make his belated Toulon debut next month

Leigh Halfpenny injury: Welshman back in training and set to make Toulon debut

Full-back has to prove his fitness ahead of autumn internationals

Chris Robshaw makes a break during Harlequins’ win over Wasps on Saturday

Conor O’Shea: 'Criticism of Chris Robshaw is cheap, sad and uneducated'

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Premiership clubs will play on under £13m deal agreed with RFU

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Even though Bristol suffered in last season's Championship knockout phase, their director of rugby Andy Robinson tells Chris Hewett the promotion knockout system should be revamped, not scrapped entirely

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Gloucester's Kvesic impressed during the recent tour of New Zealand

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Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny

Leigh Halfpenny future in turmoil after Toulon reveal they are considering terminating his contract

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal believes Halfpenny may have been injured when he signed for the French champions

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Dean Richards calls for crackdown on loose-heads' 'dangerous' drives

'It's becoming a serious issue,' says Newcastle director

Shane Geraghty of London Irish reacts first to a loose ball as Newcastle Falcons’ Mark Wilson is forced to take evasive action
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