Hugh Godwin

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

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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

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

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

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

Give us change: So says Saracens’ chief-executive Edward Griffiths

Premiership clubs must take ‘urgent steps’ to attract best players and bigger crowds

Saracens are calling for relegation from the Aviva Premiership to be abolished and the salary cap radically altered to include a minimum spend on players and the scrapping of the upper limit, in order to attract the world’s best players to the competition instead of going to France and Ireland.

Manu Tuilagi and Toby Flood celebrate a try for Leicester Tigers

Northampton Saints 16 Leicester Tigers 22 match report: Saints in bite storm after defeat

Leicester’s Tom Youngs alleges he was bitten after a scrum collapsed, sparking an inquiry

Back with a bang: Manu Tuilagi returned at Newcastle a fortnight ago

Tiger Manu Tuilagi will remain the centre of attention

Leicester colossus puts to one side talk of playing on wing for England

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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
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