Hugh Godwin

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

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Took his chance early very well as he broke the tackle of McCaw, and threated throughout the opening 40. Faded as England were starved of the ball, and was caught out for Nonu’s try.

New Zealand 28 England 27 analysis: Red Rose has still to flower fully

Lancaster’s men have shown a pleasing improvement on this tour but must learn to avoid mistakes at crucial moments

Brodie Rettallick attempts to break the tackle of Marland Yarde

New Zealand 20 England 15: Five reasons to be cheerful

Bonus points for England as they come within minutes of claiming famous win over All Blacks

Chris Robshaw of England takes part in a coaching clinic with Ponsonby Junior rugby players

England tour of New Zealand: Chris Robshaw aims to rewrite history

No-one has beaten the All Blacks in Auckland for two decades and a depleted England have it all to do, writes Hugh Godwin

Northampton Saints celebrating their victory

Premiership Final: ‘We know what it’s like to lose – it makes it sweeter’ says Northampton's Steve Myler

Northampton Saints’ comeback captain Dylan Hartley dismissed any doubt about his front-row colleague Alex Waller’s extra-time try to win the Aviva Premiership, saying: “I looked at Alex as he stood up and he said ‘got it’. We scored the most tries in the league, we had the best defensive record, we deserved to win.”

Phil Dowson of Northampton Saints dives in front of his team mates as they celebrate with the trophy after the Aviva Premiership Final against Saracens

Premiership Final match report: Saracens 20 Northampton 24: Alex Waller pounces to give Saints final word at Twickenham

Saracens’ captain Steve Borthwick fails to bow out on a winning note as the Midlanders lift the Aviva Premiership trophy for the first time

Go Jonny, Go: Wilkinson seeks Toulon double

As Jonny Wilkinson put it after his second winning Heineken Cup final, the “journey” will soon be someone else’s to travel, and with Sir Clive Woodward excitedly tipping Dan Carter as Toulon’s next fly-half, it was clear the starry French club have no intention of resting on the laurels of back-to-back European titles.

Premiership Final: Saint George ready to slay the ghosts of Twickenham

Winger seeks win at last in Saturday's clash with Saracens
Jonny Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup for Toulon

Heineken Cup final: Toulon 23 Saracens 6 match report - England hero Jonny Wilkinson bids adieu by kicking Toulon to a Double

Wilkinson even slots a drop goal to bring back memories of another triumph in his career, writes Hugh Godwin at The Millennium Stadium

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
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