Hugh Godwin

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

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Will Hooley scores for Northampton Saints in the 39-13 win over Gloucester

Northampton 39 Gloucester 13 match report: Waller brothers lead Saints’ young and gifted to comfortable triumph

Pisi, Clark, Stephenson, Waller and Hooley all crossed for Northampton to extend their unbeaten run

Warren peace: Gatland decided not to drop players after the loss to Ireland

Six Nations 2014: Wales react impressively to getting a rare second chance

It was Warren Gatland's predecessor as a New Zealander head coach of Wales, Graham Henry, who became nicknamed the "Great Redeemer", thanks mainly to some cute marketing at a time in the late 1990s when a series of dire results was followed by a long winning run. The difference from Henry in Gatland's style of management was that on Friday night, after Wales's revitalising win over France in Cardiff, the incumbent boss preferred to vest the description in his players, not himself.

Danny Care scores the match-winning try for England in their 13-10 victory over Ireland

England 13 Ireland 10: ‘The character we’ve shown was an unbelievable effort’, says match-winner Danny Care

England win gripping contest to set up Triple Crown chance

Care try regained lead

England 13 Ireland 10 match report: Danny Care delivers dash of polish for gritty England

Scrum-half exploits gap in Ireland’s defences to thrust Lancaster’s men into the chjampionship reckopning, writes Hugh Godwin at Twickenham

Sam Warburton of Wales scores his sides second try as Nicolas Mas of France fails to hold him up

Wales 27 France 6 match report: George North and Sam Warburton revive title hopes as Wales show their mettle against France

Aided to an extent by a monumentally ponderous France, whose win over England at the start of this Six Nations looks ever more like a lucky break, Wales retained a faint hope of retaining the champions’ title, though points difference is currently against them. Two of their talismanic stars, George North and Sam Warburton, came up trumps with a try in each half on a madcap evening that kept a near capacity Cardiff crowd entertained if at times just a little baffled.

Alex Pearce heads home Reading’s second goal

QPR 1 Reading 3 match report: Kaspars Gorkss sending off can't stop Royals winning at Loftus Road

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Pass it on: Jonny WIlkinson says Owen Farrell is mentally stronger than he was at the same age

Six Nations 2014: Owen Farrell is tough enough to take the lead

Jonny Wilkinson reckons England's No 10 has what it takes to help young centres beat Ireland

Alex Lewington passes to Blair Cowan during London Irish's 23-20 win over Wasps

Wasps 20 London Irish 23 match report: Shane Geraghty is Irish hero after Tomas O’Leary plays the villain

Scrum-half was shown a straight red card for stamping on the head of former England flanker James Haskell

Dylan Hartley (right) is glad to see ‘no holding back’ by England’s youngsters

Six Nations: England's Dylan Hartley takes heart from the new generation

It still feels odd to seek out Dylan Hartley as the greybeard of the England piece but the Northampton hooker and captain is his country’s most capped player and will remain so until next year’s World Cup and beyond, barring an unforeseen recall for Toby Flood or Jonny Wilkinson (only kidding).

England Captain Chris Robshaw lifts the cup

Six Nations 2014: Pitch perfect - Chris Robshaw's men tame Scots at muddy Murrayfield to lift Calcutta Cup

Stuart Lancaster 'confident' for key clash with Ireland after whitewash against Scotland

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