Hugh Godwin

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

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

'If England had show 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

George Ford landed six penalties and two conversions in Bath’s victory over Sale

Sale vs Bath: George Ford kick-starts his bid to make England return

Fly-half put in magnificent display in season's opener

Fit again: New Zealand scrum-half Piri Weepu suffered a minor stroke in March

London Welsh vs Exeter Chiefs: Stroke victim Piri Weepu makes Welsh debut

Weepu was found to have a hole in his heart that caused an irregular blood flow from birth

George Ford gets the ball away despite the attentions of Danny Cipriani

Sale Sharks vs Bath match report: George Ford sees off Danny Cipriani in the battle of England fly-halves as Bath begin with win

Ford set-up tries for Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni in front of England head coach Stuart Lancaster

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