Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.
02 December 2013 10:46 PM
This is getting silly. England's chances of piecing together something resembling a first-choice back division for the Six Nations opener against France in Paris at the beginning of February took another heavy blow when the Wasps wing Christian Wade was ruled off-limits for six months. The most elusive attacking runner in the country will miss the forthcoming tournament in its entirety and must be rated extremely doubtful for the three-Test tour of New Zealand in June.
02 December 2013 12:28 AM
It remains nothing more than a dot on the rugby horizon – the 2015 World Cup, that is – and pretty much anything could happen in the 664 days between here and there. The club-versus-union conflict could send the whole of the European game into meltdown (perfectly possible); New Zealand could hit a bad patch (it has to happen sometime, surely); the Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie could decide that his predecessor was right all along and chuck Quade Cooper out on his ear (barely conceivable on latest evidence, admittedly).
30 November 2013 06:59 PM
Two tries from George North cannot prevent Australia from coming out on top in a thrilling finale to November internationals
30 November 2013 12:00 AM
Bath v Exeter Today, 3.15pm
30 November 2013 12:00 AM
The match is only happening because the unions need the cash – but it does give home side chance to finally beat the Wallabies. Fail and the pain will be felt across Europe
28 November 2013 08:32 PM
Teams meet to discuss their next move in the long-running row
28 November 2013 08:17 PM
England are scheduled to play all four of their pool matches at 8pm
27 November 2013 06:17 PM
Some tickets for the major pool games, including those featuring England, will set you back 41 times the current living wage rate. How on earth will Prince Harry afford it?
27 November 2013 01:00 AM
Decision making in rugby is not always of the highest order: as the pathetic failure of leadership at Heineken Cup level demonstrates all too painfully, it is only on an unusually good day that some of those running the sport aspire to mediocrity. Yet Warren Gatland, who masterminded the British and Irish Lions victory in Australia last summer, believes the new Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made an inspired and brave call in throwing the disciplinary book at 15 members of his tour squad last week.
25 November 2013 11:33 PM
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