Hugh Godwin

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

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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."

Luther Burrell scored his second try in as many games for England in the 20-0 victory over Scotland

Scotland 0 England 20 match report: England pitch it just right to rout sad Scotland

Burrell and Brown both make it two tries in two games as unchanged side atone for France defeat

Owen Farrell suffered cramp in the late stages in Paris, with no fly-half available to replace him

Six Nations 2014: Hurting Owen Farrell needed George Ford in the right gear for England against France

Owen Farrell suffered cramp in the late stages in Paris, with no fly-half available to replace him

Alex Cuthbert of Wales is stopped by Italy’s Sergio Parisse in Cardiff

Six Nations 2014: Dan Lydiate delighted Wales are spoilt for choice in back row department

Wales are pondering the formulation of their enviably well resourced back row

Scott’s a Scot: Coach Johnson today tries to outfox Joe Schmidt in Dublin

Six Nations 2014: Foreign legion who took over the tournament

The influence of the interloper has never been more obvious than in this year's Six Nations' Championship. For the first time four teams have a foreigner as head coach, with Ireland's Joe Schmidt (a New Zealander) and Scotland's Scott Johnson (an Australian) facing off in Dublin today, while Wales's Warren Gatland (another Kiwi) comes up against Italy's Jacques Brunel (a Frenchman).

Jamie Roberts attempts to break through the Italian defence

Wales 23 Italy 15 match report: Wales see off rally to keep dream alive

Hat-trick hopes still on track as the defending champions withstand gutsy Italian fightback

Referee Lee Mason shows the red card to Arsenal's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini

Southampton 2 Arsenal 2 match report: Premier League leaders slip at St Mary's as Mathieu Flamini is sent off

Both teams at one stage held the lead before the game finished level

Passing judgement: Dylan Hartley now believes that pushing the opposition back five metres is the way to hurt them

Six Nations: Dylan Hartley turns pacifist ahead of England-France match: ‘You can’t just punch anyone any more’

Ahead of England’s crucial first game against France, their feisty hooker admits that front-row tactics have had to change

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