Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Owen Farrell needs to prove his fitness ahead of next month’s savagely testing international programme at Twickenham

Saracens vs Munster: Can Owen Farrell prove fitness in the Limerick furnace?

Outside-half returns after strained quad muscle for European Champions Cup match

Bath's in-form wing Semesa Rokoduguni is ready to reignite an England link with the British Army that has laid dormant for 15 years

Autumn Internationals 2014: Semesa Rokoduguni's power added to English artillery

Fijian-born winger has the pace and presence to trample some All Blacks but, writes Chris Hewett, life as a British soldier has taught him perspective

Owen Farrell must prove his fitness at Munster on Friday

Autumn Internationals 2014: Stuart Lancaster sweats on Owen Farrell fitness for backs revamp

Rokoduguni set for England debut against All Blacks but other changes hinge on No 10 impressing for Saracens

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

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
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Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania: It's a small world

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