Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Freddie Burns, of Leicester, in action during pre-season

Aviva Premiership 2014/15: Team-by-team guide

The season begins on Friday night

Northampton Saints team captain Dylan Hartley (right) and match captain Tom Wood raise the trophy after their victory during the Aviva Premiership Final between Saracens and Northampton in May

Can World Cup glory be forged in Premiership's fiery encounters?

Rugby’s most competitive league on the planet starts tomorrow night with Leicester the  team to beat as next year’s global contest concentrates minds. Chris Hewett previews a domestic season to relish

Leicester supporters cheer on their side at Welford Road last season

Aviva Premiership: Leicester and Sale highlight game of haves and have nots

The new season begins tonight

A view of the Webb Ellis trophy that will be the prize at the 2015 World Cup

World Cup 2015: RFU keen on peace deal with clubs over clash

Ian Ritchie is exploring ways  for clubs to be able to fulfil fixtures during the World Cup

James Simpson-Daniel in action during his last appearance for Gloucester, against Newcastle last year

England lose a little magic as James Simpson-Daniel quits due to ankle injury

The 32-year-old won only 10 full caps, as fitness issues set him back at important times

Northampton parade the Premiership trophy they won last May. Come next autumn, they and other clubs will be expected to shut up shop for the duration of the Rugby World Cu
The Wales captain, Sam Warburton, is free to play for his club, Cardiff Blues, again after an agreement between regional teams and the WRU was signed today

Peace finally breaks out in ugly Welsh war

WRU and Welsh regions sign new £60m agreement

Sam Warburton alongside Wales head coach Warren Gatland

Sam Warburton still in limbo while Wales talks drag on

Sam Warburton, the centrally contracted Wales captain who finds himself in the uncomfortable position of symbolising the dispute between the country’s governing body and its four professional teams, does not have the foggiest idea whether he will be playing for Cardiff Blues in their final warm-up match of the summer against Leicester at Welford Road on Friday.

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Adam Jones: I couldn't just hang on but I didn't want to leave Ospreys

Prop has moved to the Cardiff Blues

Ospreys get blues as folk hero Adam Jones signs for Cardiff

Welsh rugby continued its headlong descent into tragi-comic farce when folk-hero prop Adam Jones ended his long association with Ospreys and threw in his lot with Cardiff Blues.

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