Hugh Godwin

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

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Kyle Eastmond scored one of Bath’s five tries in the club’s record 45-0 victory over Leicester

Gavin Henson tips Bath duo Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph to shine for England

Gavin Henson may be restricted to bonus-point cameos for Bath - witness his brilliant blind-side break and no-look pass for Olly Woodburn’s try at the last knockings of Saturday’s 31-24 loss at Northampton – but the desire to represent Wales still burns within him. And in the meantime, Henson is getting a close look at some of England’s most talked about talent in the Bath backline.

Ashley Johnson of Wasps is tackled by Mark Wilson of Newcastle
Dylan Hartley is tackled by Stuart Hooper

Northampton Saints vs Bath match report: Saints display strength in depth

Northampton 31 Bath 24: Northampton captain Dylan Hartley hails his squad’s resilience as they make light of injuries to bring Bath back down to earth

Kyle Eastmond scored one of Bath’s five tries in the club’s record 45-0 victory over Leicester

Bath's Kyle Eastmond reminds England while injuries maul Leicester Tigers

Eastmond excelled for Bath on Saturday

Explosive flanker Steffon Armitage is exploring the possibility of playing international rugby for France

'If England had shown any interest in Steffon Armitage he wouldn't want to play for France', says brother Delon

Toulon team-mate says it is a ‘disgrace’ the flanker has not been recognised internationally, writes Hugh Godwin

Olly Woodburn dives over for a try

Bath vs Leicester match report: George Ford destroys paper Tigers

Bath 45 Leicester 0: Bath humiliate old foes to go top of the league

Freddie Burns of Leicester Tigers chases down a kick during the Premiership clash between Exeter and Leicester
Ashley Johnson breaks away from Stephen Myler to score Wasps’ first try against Northampton
Alex Corbisiero was hailed as the best in his position by Joe Marler

Alex Corbisiero: Those knees are still a sore point

When Harlequins’ England loosehead prop Joe Marler namechecked Alex Corbisiero as the country’s No.1 player in the No.1 jersey, few would have argued but there is a nagging doubt. Corbisiero may be the thinking man’s idea of the modern-day front-rower – strong and technically brilliant in the scrummage and a dynamic and ever-present threat around the field – but his fitness remains a concern.

Exeter Chiefs vs. Leicester Tigers match report: Freddie Burns quick to find his feet and edge Tigers home

Exeter Chiefs 20 Leicester Tigers 22: Bold new signing sparkles at No 10 and hints at a flourishing partnership with Ben Youngs

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