Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Tom Coventry is the call for London Irish after Brian Smith pays for results

New Zealander set to take over at the Madejski Stadium

Brian Smith faces immediate exit from London Irish despite Euro ambitions

Strong indications Exiles will bring tenure to a quick end

Shane Geraghty kicks the match-winning drop goal for London Irish against Exeter

London Irish vs Exeter: Shane Geraghty finally provides a steady touch for erratic Exiles

London Irish 28 Exeter 26: Last-gasp drop goal earns deserved win for Exiles after late wobble lets in Exeter

Gloucester won thanks to James Hook’s penalty, given for offside, from the halfway line in overtime

Morgan injury overshadows Hook late show

Gloucester 24 Saracens 23

Christian Wade exclusive: 'Size doesn’t matter – I’d still pick me,' says Wasps winger

Sensational but diminutive Wasps wing Christian Wade, who is in the form of his life, tells Chris Hewett that England have it wrong in preferring big men to those of a shorter persuasion

Back in the fray: Joe Launchbury to make his return from injury

Joe Launchbury will be fit in time for 2015 Rugby World Cup, say Wasps

The forward will miss the upcoming Six Nations

Concussion? We’re ahead of the game

As the RFU prepares to release figures on the biggest problem in rugby, players’ chief Richard Bryan tells Chris Hewett where progress is being made

Rhys Priestland of Wales passes the ball

Rhys Priestland confirms World Cup gamble by making Bath move

Priestland leaves comfort of the Scarlets to risk Test future at Bath

Owen Williams has turned down a return to Wales to sign a new deal with Leicester Tigers

Headache for Wales coach Warren Gatland as Owen Williams opts to stay at Leicester

Williams has turned down a return to Wales to sign a new deal with Leicester Tigers

Andy Goode breaks clear to score a try
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