Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Alex Goode will be in action for Saracens against Wasps

Premiership team of the season: The best 15 players, including George Ford, Ben Youngs and Alex Goode

With the regular season in England having reached its conclusion at the weekend, The Independent’s rugby union correspondent Chris Hewett selects his best backs and forwards of the campaign

Rob Baxter

Rob Baxter refuses to grumble after Exeter miss out to Saracens

PREMIERSHIP ROUND-UP: Mark Cueto played his last game for Sale on Saturday

Manu Tuilagi: Ban has at least left England with one less choice

COMMENT: Lancaster no longer needs to decide who to leave out for his wrecking ball

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Saints will rest the Pisi brothers, Stephen Myler, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Calum Clark and Samu Manoa for East Midlands derby with Leicester

North lies unconscious after being kneed in the head

Jim Mallinder tells Warren Gatland to stop worrying about George North’s fitness

Northampton coach has reassured Wales boss

League convert Sam Burgess in action for Bath against London Irish last month in his new role as a back-row forward

Sam Burgess is the best in the back row, insists Bath coach Mike Ford – but is Stuart Lancaster listening?

The England boss has a significantly greater interest in Burgess the centre than in Burgess the flanker

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Dave Ewers interview: Coming up on blind side for World Cup, but keeping focused on Exeter play-off hopes

The Zimbabwe-born flanker’s recent stellar performances have caught the attention of Stuart Lancaster but he tells Chris Hewett he is more focused on Exeter’s play-off dream than facing his Springbok heroes this autumn

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