Hugh Godwin

Hugh Godwin is the rugby union correspondent of the Independent on Sunday who also writes for The Independent

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Brad Barritt is tackled by Ben Morgan during an England training session at Bagshot

Rugby World Cup, England vs Ireland: Brad Barritt back as centre of attention

Sam Burgess returns to the chorus line as the Saracens No 12 steps into a leading role in the England three-quarters again

George Ford has won just 11 England caps but looks set for a starting place at the World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2015: George Ford says Bath mates Sam Burgess and Anthony Watson are worth places in England squad

No one has seen more of the differing bids by Watson and Burgess to be picked for their country than George Ford

France's Eddy Ben Arous leaves a host of England players trailing in his wake
Anthony Watson crosses for England against France
Ben Youngs revels in the fact that the squad are allowed to ‘tweak’ tactics in training

Ben Youngs interview: Scrum-half says England are 'worlds away' from 2011 World Cup disaster

Youngs says preparations are utterly different from ill-discipline of that era

Rugby World Cup 2015: Are New Zealand unbeatable? Will England rue axing players? State of play with 100 days to go

Will England rue ruling out Hartley and Tuilagi? Can Wales and Ireland build on decent autumn displays? Or are the All Blacks unbeatable? Hugh Godwin runs the rule over the World Cup’s top teams

Dylan Hartley ban: Stuart Lancaster admits hooker might not play for England again

Hartley will miss the World Cup after head-butting Jamie George

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Bath vs Saracens match report: Owen Farrell inspires superb Sarries to victory in Premiership final to win second ever title

Bath 16 Saracens 28: Three tries in the first half saw Bath blitzed off the Twickenham pitch with Saracens holding out to become the first team to win the Premiership final from fourth place in the league

Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell celebrates after landing a penalty
England head coach Stuart Lancaster

Rugby World Cup 2015: Stuart Lancaster lays down law over English fitness

England head coach promises to drop those who don't meet their fitness standards

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