Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Wales’ George North, left, and Justin Tipuric battle for the ball with Ireland’s Dave Kearney in Dublin

Rugby World Cup 2015: Justin Tipuric and Tomas Francis shine to give Stuart Lancaster reasons to be fearful

Welsh win in Dublin highlights areas England team can be found wanting

Waisake Naholo suffered a fractured leg on his debut

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks drop Israel Dagg and Cory Jane to underline squad strength

Elsewhere in the squad, many of the players picked themselves

English-born prop Tomas Francis will make his Wales debut against Ireland

Ireland vs Wales: Welsh hope Tomas Francis can be the answer to tight-head prayers

Twenty stone prop makes debut in problem position against a strong Ireland team

Burgess is known to be a strong figure within the dressing room

Rugby World Cup 2015: Sam Burgess has 'impressed on the field and adds something off it which others don't', says coach Andy Farrell

'People follow him, and in terms of what is about to happen, that’s pretty important'

England coach Stuart Lancaster flanked by coaches Graham Rowntree (left) and Mike Catt, explains the reasons behind his England squad choices yesterday

England Rugby World Cup squad: Stuart Lancaster argues Sam Burgess selection is all about balance

Coach denies picking former rugby league man is a risk and praises his pace and physicality

Sam Burgess has been included in England's 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup

Sam Burgess makes the England squad: Cautious Cumbrian Stuart Lancaster has suddenly entered high-roller territory

The most pertinent question is 'why'. He has done little to justify the fast-track treatment

Cipriani moves away from Scott Spedding and Yoann Huget to score

Danny Cipriani axed from England World Cup squad: 'Twenty minutes is not enough' - cameo comes to nothing

Celebrity midfielder will not perform at World Cup despite his spirited attempt to revive England’s fortunes in Paris

England fly-half Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani dropped: England No 10 left out in cold as Rugby World Cup dream dies

Gifted No 10 will never have chance to play in showpiece after being dropped

Graham Rowntree, the England forwards coach

Rugby World Cup 2015: England coach Graham Rowntree worries over his forwards going backwards

Collective form a concern for England coach – but he rules out Hartley call-up

Cipriani moves away from Scott Spedding and Yoann Huget to score

Rugby World Cup 2015: Danny Cipriani facing exit from England squad despite the growing support

Stuart Lancaster will unveil his 31-man World Cup squad on Thursday

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