Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of England's autumn internationals

Leicester rule Manu Tuilagi out of England's Autumn tests

Stuart Lancaster to name elite 33-man squad on Wednesday

Graham Kitchener

Graham Kitchener – your country needs you (and a fit Manu Tuilagi)

Centre’s injury a worry for England but Tigers lock provides consolation

Ewen McKenzie announces his resignation as head coach of Australia

Ewen McKenzie resigns: Australia in chaos after shock exit, but beware his successor...

Decision to quit followed defeat to New Zealand

Brothers make it look easy-Pisi

Chris Hewett meets the Samoans taking good family form into Northampton’s Champions Cup match at Racing Métro – and into next month’s autumn internationals

Saracens centre Brad Barritt

European Rugby Champions Cup preview: Will Fraser boosts Saracens hopes of giving French another lesson

The European Rugby Champions Cup has arrived; here's a look at the best fixtures of the weekend.

Steffon Armitage is known as ‘the Lionel Messi of rugby’

Tom Wood relishes England fight if Steffon Armitage comes back

England flanker relishing chance to defend place in Stuart Lancaster's side

A bloodied and bruised Sam Burgess during the NRL Grand Final

More questions than answers as Sam Burgess return to union

Rugby league star Sam may be out injured, but his conversion to the union code – and a potential World Cup place next year – is the talk of the sport. Chris Hewett weighs it all up

Owen Williams of Leicester Tigers in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Harlequins at Welford Road

Leicester vs Harlequins match report: Tigers pick up much needed win

Leicester 22 Harlequins 16

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