Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Billy Vunipola, right, gives Dan Cole a hand during England training at Pennyhill Park on Monday (Getty)

Six Nations 2015: Vunipola stays humble for task of reducing Wales to rubble

England No 8 reveals suffering a crisis of faith after taking his place for granted

Leicester's Dan Cole has been called up as replacement for the injured David Wilson (Getty)

Six Nations 2015: England look to Cole after Wilson joins casualty list

Cole is the man with Lions Test experience

Ryan Grant is set to play a significant part for Scotland

Ryan Grant back in Scotland squad after being cleared of assault

Grant faces competition from his club colleague Gordon Reid and, perhaps more significantly, Alasdair Dickinson

Dave Attwood during an England training session at Pennyhill Park

Six Nations 2015: Dave Attwood has the hunger to lift England

Injuries to key men have given the Bath lock his big chance in the Six Nations – and he's all fired up to take it with both hands against Wales in Cardiff, as he explains to Chris Hewett

(L-R) Thierry Dusautoir of France, Chris Robshaw of England, Sergio Parisse of Italy, Paul O'Connell of Ireland, Sam Warburton of Wales and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland

Six Nations: The five big challenges facing the tournament

The northern hemisphere’s annual tournament is a sure-fire ratings winner and money-spinner – but below the surface there are difficulties which must be resolved to keep the event fit for 21st-century purpose

The Bath tight-head prop David Wilson is struggling with a neck problem

Six Nations 2015: Prop Dan Cole put on call as David Wilson joins injury list with neck problem

Red-rose's depleted ranks receive further blow so senior tight head could line up against Wales despite fitness concerns

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Robshaw and Gatland still believe England have the talent despite injuries

Kiwis Joe Schmidt and Vern Cotter drop old pals’ act in Celtic collision

Wales, Ireland and Scotland now all boast coaches from New Zealand

England face bleak trip to Cardiff after another day of injury misery

Brad Barritt, Geoff Parling and Tom Wood are highly unlikely to play in Cardiff

Owen Farrell out of Six Nations while future looks bleak for Brad Barritt

George Ford in pole position for No 10 role

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