Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Tom Wood roars his delight after claiming the match-winning try last night

Northampton 21 Leicester 20 match report: Tom Wood's last-gasp try turns tide to give battling Saints the final word

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs was sent to the sin-bin during an explosive encounter
Leicester hope that the France-bound Toby Flood can help them conquer Northampton

Premiership semi-final: Toby Flood back in the fold as Leicester Tigers call for old guard

Nine players rested for last weekend's league victory over Saracens have been recalled to the starting line-up to face Northampton
Back in favour? Danny Cipriani has lost the scowl since his return to Sale Sharks and Stuart Lancaster my smile on his international ambitions

England squad announced: Danny Cipriani returns from six-year exile as Stuart Lancaster names his squad for training camp ahead of tour of New Zealand

Cipriani won the last of his seven caps in 2008 but has been handed a recall following his impressive season with Sale Sharks

Stuart Lancaster says Test nations should not have to tour without their best players due to fixture overlaps

'Unacceptable' fixture clashes must end now, says Stuart Lancaster

England coach tells 'The Independent' that New Zealand tour without key players is his toughest task so far
Stuart Lancaster says he would like to carry on beyond the 2015 World Cup

Stuart Lancaster: 'I've made mistakes but we have momentum'

Ahead of a tough tour of New Zealand, the England coach tells Chris Hewett about his battle for credibility, and how the side is shaping up for a home World Cup
Gavin Henson has not played for Wales in almost three years

Gavin Henson's hopes of Wales return hit by Bath's refusal to play ball

Club refuse to let their centre take part in old-style Probables v Possibles match ahead of next month's two-Test series in South Africa
Nigel Davbies has left Gloucester with immediate effect

Gloucester set sights on Wayne Smith after Nigel Davies is shown the door

Cherry & Whites end the season ninth and despite a number of key signings for the new campaign, Davies has paid the price

George Ford, the Bath outside-half, makes a break against Harlequins at the Stoop on Saturday, but a 19-16 defeat meant that Quins and not the West Countrymen take their place in the play-offs

Harlequins 19 Bath 16: Quins ignore needs of the nation by sneaking past Bath into semis

Quins will now take on Saracens in next week's semi-final

Full-back Mike Brown is back in the Harlequins side after injury
George North on the charge for Northampton in a recent game against Gloucester

Premiership 2013/14: Chris Hewett's team of the season

Rugby Union Correspondent Chris Hewett picks his standout performers from another thrilling campaign, plumping for the uncapped and enigmatic as well as the obvious

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