Hugh Godwin

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

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Break away: The loss of Billy Twelvetrees and George Ford is ‘all tied to the salary cap’, says Geordan Murphy (centre)

Leicester Tigers vs Toulon preview: Endangered Tigers

Leicester hope a rich team spirit will prove its worth against big-spending Toulon

Saracens celebrate after Owen Farrell scores in the 19-15 win over Sale

Sale Sharks vs Saracens match report: Fired-up Owen Farrell sparks Sarries to victory

Sale 15 Saracens 19: Playmaker returns to form as Sale’s cup hopes come to a grinding halt

England vs Australia match report: Ben Morgan scores twice for Stuart Lancaster to salvage autumn campaign

England 26 Australia 17 - A mixture of relief and euphoria as two tries by No 8 Ben Morgan deliver a much-needed win

Seremaia Bai (centre) worries that Fiji will not fulfil their potential

Fiji feel the pinch in fixture wilderness

John McKee, Fiji’s head coach, and Seremaia Bai believe them underprepared to face England in next year’s World Cup

Jonny May scores for England

England vs Samoa match report: England finally end losing streak as Jonny May stars in win ahead of Wallabies showdown

England 28 Samoa 9: England record their first win of thew autumn internationals as May scores twice to set-up must-win clash against Wallabies next week

South Africa celebrate Jan Serfontein's try

England vs South Africa match report: Alarm bells start to ring for England

England 28 South Africa 31: Lancaster’s error-ridden team fall to second successive three-point loss

England captain Chris Robshaw stands with his team-mates in the rain at Twickenham after defeat to the All Blacks

England vs New Zealand match report: All Blacks reign supreme as it pours for England

England 21 New Zealand 24: Controversial calls hurt England as they stumble against the champions

Danny Care in action for England

Danny Care is growing up at last

A new father, the scrum-half is a reformed soul and one of England’s go-to men, says Hugh Godwin

Maxime Médard, of Toulouse, holds off the challenge of Bath’s George Ford to score a try

Bath vs Toulouse: Misfiring George Ford deserves England start, insists Flood

Ford’s easy turnovers conceded after the tackle and occasionally aimless kicks for position would be meat and drink to the All Blacks

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?