Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Bath’s Matt Banahan (centre) and Sam Burgess (left) team up last night

Bath vs Montpellier: Matt Banahan upstages Sam Burgess as Bath keep Euro hopes alive

Bath 32 Montpellier 12: Rugby League convert sets up first try but Banahan hat-trick takes the plaudits

George Kruis featured off the bench in the autumn internationals, but has had the England hierarchy singing his praises

George Kruis interview: 'Things are heating up and it's only going to get hotter'

England boilerhouse is most competitive area of team but Sarries lock tells Chris Hewett he's in the mix after solid autumn

Toulon’s Martin Castrogiovanni (centre) during last weekend’s game
‘Castro can call me what he likes,’ says Richard Cockerill, ‘but not the club’

Richard Cockerill up in arms at 'amateurs' attack

Toulon prop Castrogiovanni - one of his former employees - has riled Cockerill

Dan Lydiate has signed for the Ospreys after moving to Racing Métro last year

Leicester set for tug of war over Williams after Lydiate goes home

Dan Lydiate, the Wales flanker who helped the Lions to victory over the Wallabies last year and then sent his own career into free fall with an ill-judged move to Racing Métro in France, completed a much-anticipated return journey Tuesday by joining the Ospreys, for whom he will be available next week.

Sam Burgess to make first Bath start when they take on Montpellier on Friday

Former league man to play at inside centre against Montpellier at the Rec

Chris Robshaw returns to the Harlequins’ line-up against Leinster on Sunday

European Champions Cup: Chris Robshaw returns as Quins face up to Leinster bad blood

A look at this weekend's European Champions Cup action

Dan Cole in positive frame of mind

Leicester vs Toulon: French test can be start of Dan Cole's return to England

As he prepares for Sunday's meeting with the French club in the European Champions Cup, Leicester prop knows he faces tough fight to reclaim an international place after nasty neck injury – but he sees only positives in the challenges ahead, as he explains to Chris Hewett

The RFU chief executive, Ian Ritchie, backed England’s coaches despite mixed recent results

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie ‘frustrated’ by England's autumn series defeats

The red rose suffered narrow defeats to New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham

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