Hugh Godwin

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

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Phil Dowson of Northampton Saints dives in front of his team mates as they celebrate with the trophy after the Aviva Premiership Final against Saracens

Premiership Final match report: Saracens 20 Northampton 24: Alex Waller pounces to give Saints final word at Twickenham

Saracens’ captain Steve Borthwick fails to bow out on a winning note as the Midlanders lift the Aviva Premiership trophy for the first time

Go Jonny, Go: Wilkinson seeks Toulon double

As Jonny Wilkinson put it after his second winning Heineken Cup final, the “journey” will soon be someone else’s to travel, and with Sir Clive Woodward excitedly tipping Dan Carter as Toulon’s next fly-half, it was clear the starry French club have no intention of resting on the laurels of back-to-back European titles.

Premiership Final: Saint George ready to slay the ghosts of Twickenham

Winger seeks win at last in Saturday's clash with Saracens
Jonny Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup for Toulon

Heineken Cup final: Toulon 23 Saracens 6 match report - England hero Jonny Wilkinson bids adieu by kicking Toulon to a Double

Wilkinson even slots a drop goal to bring back memories of another triumph in his career, writes Hugh Godwin at The Millennium Stadium

Full-back Mike Brown tweaked a hamstring as Harlequins lost their Premiership semi-final
Goodbye to all that: Jonny Wilkinson

Wilko and out: Jonny Wilkinson intends to depart in style

England's World Cup hero of 2003 is aiming to end his playing career at Toulon with two final flourishes
Chris Ashton scores a try for Saracens

Saracens 31 Harlequins 17 match report: Chris Ashton seals success for Sarries with splash of style

Heroic Harlequins finally run out of steam with full-back Brown an injury concern for England

Back in favour? Danny Cipriani has lost the scowl since his return to Sale Sharks and Stuart Lancaster my smile on his international ambitions

It may be time for Danny Cipriani to come in from the cold

It is the worst scenario England have faced since the 'Tour of Hell' in 1998
Mike Brown crashes in past the covering George Ford to score an early try for Harlequins in their 19-16 win over Bath

Harlequins 19 Bath 16 match report: Bloodhound Chris Robshaw sniffs out play-off spot

Skipper inspirational as Harlequins sink Bath in winner-takes-all contest

Bruise brother: Manoa formed a strong partnership with Courtney Lawes

Northampton's giant lock Samu Manoa a huge hit after fleeing Treasure Island

The Tongan-descended, Californian-born colossus is blazing a trail for Americans in rugby
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