Hugh Godwin is the rugby union correspondent of the Independent on Sunday who also writes for The Independent
23 February 2014 12:00 AM
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.
England 13 Ireland 10: ‘The character we’ve shown was an unbelievable effort’, says match-winner Danny Care
22 February 2014 08:06 PM
England win gripping contest to set up Triple Crown chance
22 February 2014 06:07 PM
Scrum-half exploits gap in Ireland’s defences to thrust Lancaster’s men into the chjampionship reckopning, writes Hugh Godwin at Twickenham
Wales 27 France 6 match report: George North and Sam Warburton revive title hopes as Wales show their mettle against France
21 February 2014 10:14 PM
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.
16 February 2014 06:09 PM
QPR have now suffered back-to-back defeats
16 February 2014 12:00 AM
Jonny Wilkinson reckons England's No 10 has what it takes to help young centres beat Ireland
Wasps 20 London Irish 23 match report: Shane Geraghty is Irish hero after Tomas O’Leary plays the villain
15 February 2014 05:35 PM
Scrum-half was shown a straight red card for stamping on the head of former England flanker James Haskell
09 February 2014 09:44 PM
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).
Six Nations 2014: Pitch perfect - Chris Robshaw's men tame Scots at muddy Murrayfield to lift Calcutta Cup
09 February 2014 12:00 AM
Stuart Lancaster 'confident' for key clash with Ireland after whitewash against Scotland
09 February 2014 12:00 AM
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."
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