Hugh Godwin

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

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Owen Farrell is struggling to overcome a knee injury in time for Saturday’s third Test in Hamilton

Owen Farrell winning the battle of the perfect 10s with George Ford

The Saracens fly-half has been awarded the Jonny Wilkinson seal of approval but is only too aware that his rivals are breathing down his neck
Saracens centre Brad Barritt

Saracens vs Gloucester match report: Brad Barritt keeps Sarries in the hunt

Saracens 28 Gloucester 21: Tough-tackling England centre is outstanding on his return from injury to ensure title hopefuls put their heavy defeat at Bath behind them
Left to right: Matt Mullan (Wasps), Alistair Hargreaves (Saracens), George North (Northamp-ton), Stuart Hooper (Bath), Ed Slater (Leicester), Joe Marler (Harlequins) and Dan Braid (Sale) pose with the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy
Mathew Tait is led from the field after picking up an injury in the defeat to Gloucester

Gloucester vs Leicester Tigers: No end in sight for Tigers' injury woes but 13 absent internationals is a greater concern for rugby as a whole

The rate of attrition at Welford Road is reflected by a third of the England squad currently ruled out through injury

Jonny Wilkinson wants Owen Farrell for England

England’s Rugby World Cup winning fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has given his vote of confidence to Saracens' Owen Farrell to start for England, as selection for the November internationals at Twickenham draws near.

Shouting about it: Dave Walder has sympathy for Newcastle United

Newcastle United fail to lift gloom for Falcons coach Dave Walder

Following his beloved Magpies offers little relief from the former England fly-half's struggles in the Aviva Premiership

Gloucester vs Leicester Tigers match report: Tigers suffer another savaging

Gloucester 36 Leicester Tigers 16: Depleted Leicester endure a third Premiership defeat on the spin for the first time since 2011

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

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