Hugh Godwin

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

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Double trouble: Saracens’ Chris Ashton plunges over to score one of his two decisive tries

Ulster 15 Saracens 17 match report: Chris Ashton's tries help Sarries exploit Jared Payne dismissal

England wing's eighth and ninth tries of this season's Heineken Cup all products of visitor's one-man advantage

Richard Cockerill, Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby

Richard Cockerill: Leicester can bring down Clermont’s fortress

The Scottish, Welsh and Italians may not agree, but the quarter-finals of the last Heineken Cup in its current format appear to have it all: firsts and farewells, dozens of international stars from both hemispheres, daunting records ripe for the breaking and, if you care to boil down the meeting of Ulster and Saracens to the composers of their respective theme tunes, an unexpected clash of the Village People versus Right Said Fred.

Jacques Burger has, due to injury, played only 10 Heineken Cup games for Saracens

Heineken Cup: Saracens' Jacques Burger aims to 'squeeze' Ulster until they buckle

Fiery flanker reveals how Sarries’ extravagant team-bonding trips will help them give their all at Ravenhill in the Heineken Cup on Saturday – and how it just might pay off

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs complained he had been bitten by an unnamed Saints player

Leicester Tigers ready to put the bite on Clermont

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs complained he had been bitten by an unnamed Saints player

Give us change: So says Saracens’ chief-executive Edward Griffiths

Premiership clubs must take ‘urgent steps’ to attract best players and bigger crowds

Saracens are calling for relegation from the Aviva Premiership to be abolished and the salary cap radically altered to include a minimum spend on players and the scrapping of the upper limit, in order to attract the world’s best players to the competition instead of going to France and Ireland.

Manu Tuilagi and Toby Flood celebrate a try for Leicester Tigers

Northampton Saints 16 Leicester Tigers 22 match report: Saints in bite storm after defeat

Leicester’s Tom Youngs alleges he was bitten after a scrum collapsed, sparking an inquiry

Back with a bang: Manu Tuilagi returned at Newcastle a fortnight ago

Tiger Manu Tuilagi will remain the centre of attention

Leicester colossus puts to one side talk of playing on wing for England

Chris Ashton scores for Saracens against Harlequins at Wembley

Saracens 39 Harlequins 17 match report: Jet-setting Saracens turn on five-star performance

Sun shines on world-record crowd as they witness fine display by Premiership leaders

Greig Laidlaw of Scotland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland

Six Nations 2014: 10 things we've learnt at the tournament

Hugh Godwin on a tournament that kept us gripped until the very end

Rosy future: England players applaud the fans in Rome after their win which capped a strong Six Nations

Six Nations 2014: Time for humility in house of Lancaster

England's players and fans need to keep expectations in check ahead of assault on the World Cup

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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
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