Hugh Godwin

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

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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

Matt Banahan scores a late try for Bath to seal their victory

Bath 32 Worcester Warriors 20 match report: Bath are still bubbling as Matt Banahan cuts a late dash

Relegation plight deepens for battling Warriors after squandering 13 points from missed kicks

Leg of Lamb: Worcester’s No 10 had a mixed day with the boot

Worcester 33 Exeter 38 match report: Gareth Steenson steers Exeter towards Europe as Warriors perish

Rather too late as they contemplate what looks certain to be a second relegation from the Premiership, Worcester claimed their first four-try point of the season, plus a losing bonus, when really they had needed a win to inspire anything like a genuine hope of escape .

Tough talker: Bath’s Bruce Craig

Clubs demand £14 million World Cup compensation

New global cup competition also planned as rugby world is reshaped

Chris Ashton has nine tries in the Heineken Cup this season

Heineken Cup round-up: Saracens’ showdown should prove just the ticket

Saracens will take on Clermont at Twickenham while Munster brushed off Toulouse to face defending champions Toulon

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

Blue bottle: Brian O’Driscoll (right) and Leinster team-mate Luke Fitzgerald

Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O'Driscoll face up to last chance of Euro glory

One of the two legends is destined to lose out as Leinster visit Toulouse

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

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