Chris Hewett

Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.

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Three England hookers, (from left) Dylan Hartley, Rob Webber and Tom Youngs, have all been sidelined by injury ahead of the tour of New Zealand

Tom Youngs forced to withdraw from England squad to care for wife

Coach Stuart Lancaster said the decision was 'entirely right'
Wasps’ Fijian-born No 8 Nathan Hughes will be eligible for England in 2016
Mike Tindall celebrates following England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup victory over Australia
Nick Evans, who was instrumental in Harlequins’ fightback, gathers a high ball under pressure from Exeter

Exeter 29 Harlequins 30 match report: Chris Robshaw drags back Quins to set up Bath shootout

Nick Evans scored 15 points to keep Quins' play-off hopes alive

Jackson Wray will look to push his England credentials with Saracens against Worcester today

Weekend preview: Sale looking to buck odds while Worcester face tallest of orders

A look at the weekend's Premiership action

Shane Geraghty is at home at the London Irish training ground in Sunbury-on-Thames

Shane Geraghty interview: 'I'm 27 now and I don’t want the years to slip away'

The London Irish No 10 has returned to his first club, rediscovered his best form, and is an outside bet for an England recall for the World Cup. He tells Chris Hewett how he woke up and smelt the coffee

Fly-half George Ford scored all of Bath’s points last night
Kahn Fotuali’i is one of the Northampton big guns set to start against Bath tonight

Saints refuse to go easy on Bath with chance to fire cup warning

'Our whole season is concentrated on this and it’s going to be awesome. It’s do or die for us'

Matt Garvey rolled his ankle against Wasps

Bath hopes of glory dented as Matt Garvey’s season ends early

'He’s not in great shape. When someone like him lands badly there’s always going to be some damage'

Rennie is attracting interest both from the wealthy French side Lyon and from teams in Japan
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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam