Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Owen Farrell surveys the scene during the victory over Italy in which he was excellent once again

Six Nations 2014 - Italy 11 England 52: Stuart Lancas ter finds victory can feel like defeat, but future’s bright

Victory is not always everything it’s cracked up to be. An hour or so after watching his side put seven tries and a half-century of points past Italy in a city where some of the world’s leading sides have struggled horribly in recent seasons, Stuart Lancaster found himself under fire over his substitution policy – the equivalent, in his eyes, of Jack Nowell being criticised for crossing the Azzurri line with his socks round his ankles. The coach seemed bemused, exasperated and unusually prickly, all at the same time.

Italy 11 England 52 match report: Mike Brown helps England romp to win but title escapes their grasp

England run in seven tries in one-sided contest

Stuart Lancaster proud of England after Italy win

Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach, prefers to look forwards rather than backwards, but he could not help drawing a parallel between his side’s seven-try breeze past the Azzurri yesterday and the windswept performance they turned in against the same opposition a year ago, when they almost found themselves stranded on the rocks.

Six Nations 2014: Italy v England - France hold key to the title

There will be no taking Italy lightly this time, although Lancaster’s men need help from their old enemy in Paris

Joe Marler misses England’s final Six Nations game in Italy

Six Nations 2014: Joe Marler's participation against Italy may be the call of the midwife

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Chris Robshaw with the Triple Crown trophy on Saturday

Six Nations 2014: We crossed a bridge by finally beating Wales, says Chris Robshaw

England captain feels victory put down World Cup marker

Manu Tuilagi has returned to the England squad after injury

Six Nations 2014: England are still a work in progress, says Graham Rowntree

Forwards coach wary ahead of showdown with Italy

Tom Wood knows that Italy will be no pushovers in their own back yard in the Six Nations finale

Six Nations 2014: Tom Wood wary of sting in tail from the Azzurri

Some people are never satisfied, particularly people as driven as Tom Wood. “Twickenham was not a case of ‘Cardiff avenged’ and it didn’t put the memory to bed,” the Northampton flanker said yesterday, when asked if Sunday’s fine victory over Wales meant that the 2013 Grand Slam calamity at the Millennium Stadium had finally been consigned to history.

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Six Nations 2014: Manu Tuilagi looks set to wing his way into England action against Italy

England will field an unchanged starting line-up for this weekend’s curtain-down Six Nations meeting with Italy in Rome – why wouldn’t they, having put the reigning champions from Wales back in their box in such energetic style at Twickenham two days ago? But there may just be a change on the bench, with seven of the existing replacements squeezing up to make room for the unusually substantial figure of Manu Tuilagi.

Luther Burrell crosses the line for England

England 29 Wales 18 match report: Stuart Lancaster's men enjoy their day in the sun at expense of weary Wales

England enter next weekend's finale of the Six Nations in contention for title

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