Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Chris Robshaw is back in action with Harlequins at Wembley

Robshaw and Co return for Wembley epic

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London Welsh (in pink) conceded 53 points against tomorrow’s opponents Bath back in September

London Welsh are ready to go down fighting

It's tough at the bottom for the London Welsh coach as he faces mission near impossible in a game with Bath. But, as he tells Chris Hewett, it’s like his old rugby league days at Workington

Adam Jones announced his international retirement when he was not picked for the Six Nations

Adam Jones signed to prop up Harlequins' faltering ranks and help halt the club's slide down the Premiership rankings

The 34-year-old will line up alongside Wallaby James Horwill at Quins next season

Stuart Lancaster heads for the Twickenham dressing rooms on Saturday knowing England have finished second in the Six Nations for the fourth year running

Six Nations 2015: Not acceptable: RFU chief's stinging verdict on near-miss from Lancaster

Ritchie was unexpectedly sharp in his reaction to England’s fourth consecutive runner-up finish

Ben Youngs scores for England

Can the Six Nation armies rule the world?

After the stunning climax to this year’s competition, Chris Hewett assesses where the northern hemisphere powers stand and predicts English achievement, a surprise from France but gloom for Wales in this autumn’s global gathering

Jack Nowell goes over for England during Saturday’s try-fest against France

England 55 France 35: A great adventure but don't expect it at World Cup time

No team will attack - or defend - the way England or France did in thriller

Dylan Hartley

England vs France - Six Nations 2015: Dylan Hartley refuses to fear the French front row

The often volatile hooker knows Saturday’s contest could be settled in the scrum but, he tells Chris Hewett, he has the right mindset to cope while remaining off the referee’s radar

Jonathan Joseph celebrates his try against Scotland

Six Nations 2015: Thrilling finale in store as England, Ireland and Wales target glory

Trio can all claim the crown on Saturday in dream end to a tournament that has hit the heights

Stuart Lancaster observes training at Pennyhill Park on Thursday

England vs France: 'France showdown is like a big World Cup tie,' says Stuart Lancaster

The finale to the Six Nations takes place on Saturday

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