Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Dylan Hartley has been banned for biting, gouging and elbowing opponents during his career

Rugby World Cup 2015: Dylan Hartley's tournament hopes on the brink following 'headbutt' incident

Northampton and England hooker in the dock once again after being cited for clash in Premiership semi-final against Saracens

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Bristol vs Worcester: Andy Robinson backs his team to end play-off misery

The sides are bidding for promotion to the Premiership

Sam Burgess (right) and Peter Stringer celebrate after the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Bath Rugby and Leicester

Bath vs Saracens - Premiership final: Bath wide boys show England art of the possible

ANALYSIS: If Bath stay true to themselves, can the Saracens wolf pack contain and break them?

Saracens hooker Jamie George was overlooked for England's World Cup training squad

Premiership play-offs: World Cup selections will spice up play-offs

Northampton take on Saracens before Bath face old rivals Leicester

Freddie Burns still has strong ties to Bath as most of his family live in the city

Bath vs Leicester Tigers: Freddie Burns is a maverick no more

Leicester fly-half tells Chris Hewett how learning to rein in the flair play has paid off as he prepares to take on Bath in Saturday’s Premiership semi-final

Niall Annett's late try gave Worcester the win
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England Rugby World Cup squad: Stuart Lancaster sticks to foreign policy to exclude Steffon Armitage

Toulon man left out of the coach's training squad

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Leicester director Richard Cockerill hopes Mathew Tait's move to French club Bayonne proves a non-starter

The Basques are in serious danger of relegation from the elite Top 14 league, and Cockerill is keen to keep hold of his creative back

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Sir Clive Woodward's silence speaks volumes on France coaching role

COMMENT: The World Cup winner might find French clubs hard to deal with, writes Chris Hewett

Bath’s Sam Burgess impressed in the 50-30 win over Gloucester in the Premiership on Saturday

Sam Burgess backed to answer red rose call – but as a flanker, not a centre

Current indications are England will ignore the fact Burgess is now a full-time flanker at club level and choose him as a midfielder

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