Hugh Godwin

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

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Full-back Mike Brown tweaked a hamstring as Harlequins lost their Premiership semi-final
Goodbye to all that: Jonny Wilkinson

Wilko and out: Jonny Wilkinson intends to depart in style

England's World Cup hero of 2003 is aiming to end his playing career at Toulon with two final flourishes
Chris Ashton scores a try for Saracens

Saracens 31 Harlequins 17 match report: Chris Ashton seals success for Sarries with splash of style

Heroic Harlequins finally run out of steam with full-back Brown an injury concern for England

Back in favour? Danny Cipriani has lost the scowl since his return to Sale Sharks and Stuart Lancaster my smile on his international ambitions

It may be time for Danny Cipriani to come in from the cold

It is the worst scenario England have faced since the 'Tour of Hell' in 1998
Mike Brown crashes in past the covering George Ford to score an early try for Harlequins in their 19-16 win over Bath

Harlequins 19 Bath 16 match report: Bloodhound Chris Robshaw sniffs out play-off spot

Skipper inspirational as Harlequins sink Bath in winner-takes-all contest

Bruise brother: Manoa formed a strong partnership with Courtney Lawes

Northampton's giant lock Samu Manoa a huge hit after fleeing Treasure Island

The Tongan-descended, Californian-born colossus is blazing a trail for Americans in rugby
Will Helu scores a try for Wasps

London Wasps 44 Newcastle 38 match report: Charlie Hayter’s late score gives Wasps chance of Europe

Topsy-turvy contest of 11 tries leaves Londoners eyeing play-off for place in new Champions Cup

Joe Launchbury of London Wasps wins a line-out during the Aviva Premiership match between London Wasps and Gloucester

Wasps 'need success to keep Joe Launchbury,' says club's director of rugby

The England lock has been linked with a move to Saracens
Owen Farrell scores for Saracens in the 46-6 rout of Clermont Auvergne

Saracens 46 Clermont Auvergne 6 match report: Power play from Sarries overwhelms France’s best

Ashton contributes two tries as record-breaking display carries bloody-minded Saracens to final

Imperial highness: Napolioni Nalaga touches down in last year’s final

Saracens v Clermont Auvergne preview: Sarries must find way to stifle French flair

Saracens take on Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday in the first of next weekend’s Heineken Cup semi-finals with so much to win or lose for both sides. Our scouting dossier for Saturday’s epic Heineken Cup semi-final

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice