Hugh Godwin

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

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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

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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
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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

Kyle Eastmond scored one of Bath’s five tries in the club’s record 45-0 victory over Leicester

Bath's Kyle Eastmond reminds England while injuries maul Leicester Tigers

Eastmond excelled for Bath on Saturday

Explosive flanker Steffon Armitage is exploring the possibility of playing international rugby for France

'If England had shown any interest in Steffon Armitage he wouldn't want to play for France', says brother Delon

Toulon team-mate says it is a ‘disgrace’ the flanker has not been recognised internationally, writes Hugh Godwin

Olly Woodburn dives over for a try

Bath vs Leicester match report: George Ford destroys paper Tigers

Bath 45 Leicester 0: Bath humiliate old foes to go top of the league

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