Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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George Skivington wins a line-out ball for London Irish

London Irish vs Leicester: Marcos Ayerza keeps battling Leicester heading right way

London Irish 6 Leicester 12: Uninspired but injury-hit Tigers stay in running for semi-finals with gritty win

Semesa Rokoduguni has a point to prove for Bath after falling out of favour for England

Bath and Saints can rise above absentees in top-two battle

There is the likelihood of a proper match breaking out on the banks of the Avon

Jonathan Joseph has been the most eye-catching performer over the first two rounds of Six Nations

Dark horses charging into Stuart Lancaster's World Cup reckoning

Stuart Lancaster's long-term plans have been muddled by five players who are making strong late runs that demand invites to England’s global gathering

Pascal Papé has escaped with a 10-week suspension after driving his knee into Jamie Heaslip

Papé escapes with 10-week ban, adding insult to injury for Heaslip

Papé would be well advised to count his blessings and keep his knees to himself in future

Six Nations 2015: Scotland to appeal against ban for Finn Russell

Scotland, struggling again in the Six Nations after two frustrating defeats, were plunged into an even darker mood when disciplinary chiefs slapped a two-week ban on the Glasgow outside-half Finn Russell, who will miss next week’s meeting with Italy as a result.

Jonny May (right) was singled out for criticism for his failure to take advantage of an overlap against Italy

Six Nations 2015: Under-fire Jonny May faces being dropped for Dublin as England consider changes to back line

Wing's immediate future clouded by Stuart Lancaster's decision to retain Jack Nowell in the 17-man training squad

Mike Brown, left, has entered the ‘return to play’ protocols and will miss at least a week’s training

Six Nations: Dublin doubt over concussion victim Mike Brown

Lancaster revealed that the Rugby Football Union sanctioned extra medical assistance for the Italy match

Jonathan Joseph breaks through the Italian defence to score the first of his two tries for England on Saturday

England 47 Italy 17: Jonathan Joseph gives Stuart Lancaster exciting World Cup options

Bath centre’s two-try performance makes the case for a different approach to England attack

Ben Youngs

Ben Youngs interview: England scrum-half recovers his old appetite and looks ahead to England vs Italy in the Six Nations

The England scrum-half lost his edge after the last Lions tour but tells Chris Hewett a spell on the sidelines rekindled his love of the game and now he has a half-back link-up with George Ford to enjoy

Stuart Lancaster with his England team

England vs Italy Six Nations: England have to kick on by smashing the Italians

England have won all 20 meetings with Italy

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