Hugh Godwin

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

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Aviva Premiership preview: Captain Joe Marler set for new adventure

Harlequins have seen beyond Marler’s dodgy haircut to make him their leader this season. It should be a blast

Adam Jones

Aviva Premiership preview: 10 things to watch out for in the new season

Hugh Godwin marks your card as the players get set for the long haul

Margaret Alphonsi of England in action during the England Captain's Run at Stade Montelievres

Women's rugby: Maggie Alphonsi racking up conversions

England's journey to the World Cup final has heralded a major reappraisal of the sport
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New Zealand 28 England 27: Five areas that England need to fix

England lost their second Test in a row to New Zealand and with it saw the series disappear. Hugh Godwin picks out the areas that need addressing.

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

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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

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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

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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.”

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