Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

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With cricket, rugby, athletics and tennis among the sports he covers, he provides insight and commentary into the characters, stories and big events that make the sporting world go round.

He has covered Olympic Games, World Championships, rugby World Cups and Ashes tours home and away, as well as the Ryder Cup and multiple Wimbledons.

Winner of Sports Blogger of the Year, he is an amateur sportsman of minimal note but was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

The right man - or just someone different?

Read full article on Eddie Jones - the right man for England or just someone different?

So Eddie Jones has gone from South Africa's Stormers to England's strugglers, from Cape of Good Hope to capable of good, it is to be hoped.

The deal has been concluded fast but it is no less momentous for it. Never before have the England rugby union team been led by a foreign coach. That they will be now owes much to Jones' considerable coaching experience and something to his availability compared to that of the other dream candidates.

Lomu: A wrecking ball of a superhero

Read full article on Jonah Lomu: Real-time superhero, wrecking ball, force of nature

Tintin quiff, runaway train speed, wrecking-ball power.

Jonah Lomu was like nothing sport had seen before and changed so much of what came after: a real-time superhero, a supersized black-shirted blur, an indestructible force of nature who has gone at an age that is impossible to tally with how he charges on in our memories.

'With Johnson, fear was everywhere'

Read full article on Mitchell Johnson: Fear & brilliance of retiring Australia fast bowler

Mitchell Johnson's cricketing career might be remembered for several stellar achievements.

For 313 Test wickets at a strike rate better than Shane Warne or Glenn McGrath, for defining one Ashes series with his misery and another with his brilliance, for reviving both flat-out fast bowling and the handlebar moustache that once characterised its greatest exponents.

Why Lancaster and England went wrong

Read full article on Stuart Lancaster: England reign was not meant to end like this

What started with such optimism on a fresh day in the New Year ended on a November lunchtime amid recrimination and remorse.

Stuart Lancaster was the obsessive planner who failed to see this coming, the workaholic who gave his all but did not have enough of what ultimately would prove decisive.

What if the trust goes out of sport?

Read full article on Athletics doping: What happens if trust goes out of sport?

Perhaps the only real surprise in new Bond film Spectre is that the eponymous immoral organisation has not branched into sports administration.

Sport matters because it has the potential to do what very little else in the world can: uniting communities, stirring the soul, strengthening the body, building bonds between disparate nations, offering individuals identity and an escape. But sport is not getting the governance it deserves.

Worthy winners, Japan joy, royal rivalry & Maradona's roar

Read full article on Rugby World Cup 2015: Defining moments of the tournament

The shocks, the injuries and record crowds. From the dominance of the south to the demise of the north. Some legends departed, while new legends were created and the men in black were the last standing.

The Rugby World Cup had it all, from the moment the tournament burst into life with Japan's shock victory over South Africa to Richie McCaw lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for his nation's record third triumph.

Can perfect 10 Carter exit in style?

Read full article on New Zealand v Australia: Can perfect 10 Dan Carter exit in style?

In the Hollywood version of sporting finales, the great champion always comes through - off the ropes maybe, scarred and exhausted, yet somehow surmounting all odds and opposition to pull off the great redemptive victory and give us all a perfect happy ending.

Not so in the messier, nastier real world. Roberto Baggio missed his penalty in the 1994 World Cup final. Don Bradman fell for a duck in his last Test innings. Paula Radcliffe was beaten by injury at the Olympics in Beijing and then a second time in London, eight years on from the marathon defeat that left her broken on a lonely Athens pavement.

How the Pumas found their bite

Read full article on Rugby World Cup 2015: How Argentina's Pumas found their bite

On a cold autumn day 25 years ago, Argentina walked off at Twickenham having been handed a seven-try thrashing by England. They failed to score a single point.

This weekend they return to the same famous ground, in the same iconic blue and white hooped jerseys. That much is the same. Everything else has changed.

Is this the death of European rugby?

Read full article on Rugby World Cup 2015: Is this the death of European rugby?

Wales' brave defence sprung late by the Springboks. France eviscerated by an All Blacks assault. Ireland torn apart by the Pumas. Scotland jumped at the death by the Wallabies.

Amid all that independent lament, a collective failure. In six of the seven World Cups there have been two northern hemisphere teams in the semi-finals. Never before have there been none.

'Painful but fair defeat for Wales'

Read full article on Rugby World Cup 2015: Wales loss to South Africa painful but fair

You can tell it as a magnificent rearguard action against the odds. You can remember it as collective red-shirted heroism, as another heart-breaker of a near-miss, as a litany of what-ifs and agonising what-might-have-beens.

After Wales' 23-19 defeat by South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals all those would be true. But they are trumped by a greater truth: who wants to be the ill-fated losers once again?