Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Brad Barritt will look to impress at the weekend for Saracens

Six Nations 2015: Courtney Lawes and Brad Barritt have all to play for as England ponder making changes

The pair will both be on league duty this weekend and, if they perform strongly, will be in the frame to face Scotland at Twickenham

Wing Jack Nowell passes to teammate centre Jonathan Joseph of England during the England Training session on Friday

Ireland vs England preview: England must win aerial duel to get one over the Irish in Six Nations clash

Inexperienced backs to be tested by Sexton’s expert kicking in possible Six Nations decider against Ireland in Dublin

Captain Paul O’Connell is Ireland’s inspiring leader on the field and off it

Ireland vs England: Evergreen Paul O'Connell is the rock of Ireland

He's the thinking leader with work ethic, spirit and the common touch. Chris Hewett considers the man England must beat first if they are going to win in Dublin on Sunday

Chris Robshaw passes the ball during training at Pennyhill Park

Six Nations 2015: Robshaw seeks trophies to ease pain of Rome

England have not lost to the Irish since Stuart Lancaster succeeded Martin Johnson as red-rose boss

Alex Goode passes the ball during the England training session

Ireland vs England Six Nations: Andy Farrell backs England enforcers to carry fight

Coach predicts no lack of aggression in Dublin despite losing key men

England wing Jonny May scores the opening try against New Zealand at Twickenham in November

Ireland vs England: Jack Nowell steps in as Jonny May proves wide of the mark

Nowell's form for Exeter has persuaded Lancaster to tinker with his wide combination

Ireland vs England: Trusted lieutenant Goode is fired up and ready to fill Brown’s boots

Lancaster admits time is running out for his No1 full-back to make Dublin clash

George Ford looks for a gap against Italy

George Ford driven to overtake Jonathan Sexton on the outside

Experience of practising with Irish greats can help Bath and England man to get the better of Europe’s best – and move ahead of him in the Lions pecking order

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

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