Chris Hewett is Rugby Union Correspondent for The Independent.
28 March 2014 11:04 PM
New captain is ready to use Premiership derby with Northampton to further his red rose claims, as he tells Chris Hewett
28 March 2014 11:04 PM
Northampton v Leicester (3.15pm Saturday)
28 March 2014 12:00 AM
Griffiths took a swipe at the rugby establishmen
26 March 2014 06:21 PM
Things are getting just a little tight at the business end of the Premiership, thanks to some unexpected results in the last couple of rounds, so fresh injury concerns over seriously good players are enough to drive head coaches to the brink of despair. Ask Mike Ford of Bath and Rob Baxter of Exeter, neither of whom can afford a slip-up in their pursuit of the big prizes – a semi-final place for the former, European qualification for the latter.
25 March 2014 10:38 PM
It is only 10 days since Chris Whitehead helped drive Exeter towards a first major title in their 143-year history, scoring a try in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final victory over Northampton in front of a capacity crowd at Sandy Park. Now, his career is over at the depressingly young age of 27. The hooker has retired on medical advice, after a long struggle with a degenerative neck condition.
24 March 2014 07:19 PM
Bristol, one of England’s great rugby clubs, have spent much of the professional era in a financial pickle, but now they have some serious money behind them – their principal investor, the billionaire tax exile Stephen Lansdown, makes most Premiership chairmen look like Big Issue salesmen – they are beginning to make their presence felt again. On Monday they announced the signing of Ryan Jones, the former Wales captain and Lions Test forward, who may arrive at the Memorial Ground in time to play a part in their promotion push.
21 March 2014 10:57 PM
Saracens v Harlequins (Saturday, 3.15pm)
21 March 2014 10:53 PM
Lifting the Anglo-Welsh Cup was only the start – the Chiefs coach is planning for more glory days in the club’s £24m new home, as he tells Chris Hewett
20 March 2014 11:22 PM
The 20th and final place will go to the winner of an Anglo-French play-off this May
18 March 2014 11:12 PM
The Cardiff Blues flanker dislocated his right shoulder in last weekend's Six Nations victory over Scotland
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Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
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- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45