Hugh Godwin

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

i Newspaper
 
TheIPaper
The Independent around the web
Warren peace: Gatland decided not to drop players after the loss to Ireland

Six Nations 2014: Wales react impressively to getting a rare second chance

It was Warren Gatland's predecessor as a New Zealander head coach of Wales, Graham Henry, who became nicknamed the "Great Redeemer", thanks mainly to some cute marketing at a time in the late 1990s when a series of dire results was followed by a long winning run. The difference from Henry in Gatland's style of management was that on Friday night, after Wales's revitalising win over France in Cardiff, the incumbent boss preferred to vest the description in his players, not himself.

Danny Care scores the match-winning try for England in their 13-10 victory over Ireland

England 13 Ireland 10: ‘The character we’ve shown was an unbelievable effort’, says match-winner Danny Care

England win gripping contest to set up Triple Crown chance

Care try regained lead

England 13 Ireland 10 match report: Danny Care delivers dash of polish for gritty England

Scrum-half exploits gap in Ireland’s defences to thrust Lancaster’s men into the chjampionship reckopning, writes Hugh Godwin at Twickenham

Sam Warburton of Wales scores his sides second try as Nicolas Mas of France fails to hold him up

Wales 27 France 6 match report: George North and Sam Warburton revive title hopes as Wales show their mettle against France

Aided to an extent by a monumentally ponderous France, whose win over England at the start of this Six Nations looks ever more like a lucky break, Wales retained a faint hope of retaining the champions’ title, though points difference is currently against them. Two of their talismanic stars, George North and Sam Warburton, came up trumps with a try in each half on a madcap evening that kept a near capacity Cardiff crowd entertained if at times just a little baffled.

Alex Pearce heads home Reading’s second goal

QPR 1 Reading 3 match report: Kaspars Gorkss sending off can't stop Royals winning at Loftus Road

QPR have now suffered back-to-back defeats

Pass it on: Jonny WIlkinson says Owen Farrell is mentally stronger than he was at the same age

Six Nations 2014: Owen Farrell is tough enough to take the lead

Jonny Wilkinson reckons England's No 10 has what it takes to help young centres beat Ireland

Alex Lewington passes to Blair Cowan during London Irish's 23-20 win over Wasps

Wasps 20 London Irish 23 match report: Shane Geraghty is Irish hero after Tomas O’Leary plays the villain

Scrum-half was shown a straight red card for stamping on the head of former England flanker James Haskell

Dylan Hartley (right) is glad to see ‘no holding back’ by England’s youngsters

Six Nations: England's Dylan Hartley takes heart from the new generation

It still feels odd to seek out Dylan Hartley as the greybeard of the England piece but the Northampton hooker and captain is his country’s most capped player and will remain so until next year’s World Cup and beyond, barring an unforeseen recall for Toby Flood or Jonny Wilkinson (only kidding).

England Captain Chris Robshaw lifts the cup

Six Nations 2014: Pitch perfect - Chris Robshaw's men tame Scots at muddy Murrayfield to lift Calcutta Cup

Stuart Lancaster 'confident' for key clash with Ireland after whitewash against Scotland

France flyer: Last week Fickou finished off a delightful 13-man move with a spectacular dive over the line

Six Nations 2014: France eagerly await another burst of speed from zero-to-hero Gaël Fickou

Faced with the joy of a rugby nation prepared to lay everything at his feet from saving their failing team to the resurrection of "French flair", what could Gaël Fickou possibly say? "I only played five minutes," said the scorer of the length-of-the-field try that beat England last weekend. "It wasn't me who should have been on the front of the newspapers."

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital