Hugh Godwin

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

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Bath centre Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess: Bath and England's next big thing

After only three starts for Bath, Sam Burgess has been called up by England’s  Saxons B team and has a World Cup spot in his sights, reports Hugh Godwin

Dylan Hartley sits on the bench after being sin-binned in Northampton's defeat to Racing Metro

Northampton vs Racing Metro: Not again...Dylan Hartley back in the sin-bin

Two red cards and 15 yellows in a 250-match career puts England future in doubt

Andy Goode reacts to his missed drop goal in the final play of the 20-20 draw between Wasps and Leinster

Wasps vs Leinster match report: Andy Goode misses last-second drop-goal to leave battling Wasps in limbo

Wasps 20 Leinster 20: Dramatic draw leaves English team on  tenterhooks as Leinster make last eight

Middle man: Saints’ centre Luther Burrell shows his power on the break

Ospreys vs Northampton Saints preview: Luther Burrell champing at the bit

Centre knows assured display on Sunday could get him back into England team

Chris Ashton celebrates a try against Munster

Saracens vs Munster match report: Chris Ashton turns up the heat

Saracens 33 Munster 10: Tireless wing reminds England of his finishing power in rout of Munster

Harlequins No 8 Nick Easter is still hoping for an England recall in time to play in the World Cup at 37

Lawrence Dallaglio leads calls for Nick Easter resurrection at age of 36 with England

Ben Morgan has been ruled out of the Six Nations after breaking his left leg playing for Gloucester against Saracens on Friday night

Harlequins vs Leicester match report: Nick Easter eyes Six Nations return

Harlequins 32 Leicester Tigers 12: Warrior No 8 shows he has lost none of his vision at the ripe old age of 36

Harry Allen makes clean break with past

After a week when rehabilitation dominated agenda, a drugs offender has been welcomed back into rugby’s fold

Pointer to the future: Bristol’s Sean Holley (left) with Andy Robinson

Worcester Warriors and Bristol look to avoid the pitfalls of going up

Both are odds-on favourites to meet in the Championship play-off final but disagree on the best method of reaching it

David Strettle bundles his way over for his first try

Saracens vs London Irish match report: David Strettle at the double to deepen Irish gloom

Saracens 22 London Irish 6: Wing demonstrates his finishing power to keep London club in title contention

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