Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

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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.

Kevin Pietersen, Jo Pavey and Geraint Thomas

The alternative 2014 sport awards

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Memorable names, breakthrough stars, sporting soap operas, strangest moments and spats not involving Kevin Pietersen - chief sports writer Tom Fordyce hands out his alternative 2014 sports awards.

Greatest collective failure

One of the early highlights of the Commonwealth Games: spotting the Sri Lankan cycling team out on a quick training ride - along the M74 motorway.

Humiliation on a greater scale came with Brazil's 7-1 demolition by Germany in the semi-final of their home World Cup. It was 0-5 before half an hour had been played; David Luiz and his errant fellow defenders should be grateful away goals don't always count double.

Man Utd v Liverpool: Best of enemies

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It is a supposedly toxic rivalry fired by both history and modern menace: ship canals and industrial struggle; title battles or European charges; managers trading insults and players refusing to shake hands; loathsome chants about death, songs ridiculing tragedy.

All that and more will be raked over before Manchester United and Liverpool meet once again on Sunday afternoon.

England’s midfield minefield

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Centres of excellence may have been pivotal in the successes of much British sport in the past decade - in cycling, in athletics, in rowing.

The same cannot be said of the England rugby team. For all the individual skills of those selected in the 12 and 13 shirts since the 2003 World Cup win, this has been less about productive partnerships and more a midfield minefield.

How can Wales end their NZ hoodoo?

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There was a time, shortly after World War Two, when Wales' record against the All Blacks was something to make the nation proud: a 75% win-rate, only one defeat in half a century to the men in black.

And then the next 61 years happened. There are bad runs in sport, ghastly hoodoos impermeable to passing years or pity, and there is Wales against New Zealand since 1953.

Can England win the 2015 World Cup?

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Five defeats in a row. Only two wins in 13 matches against the three southern hemisphere heavyweights. A dirty dozen without a win against South Africa.

Stuart Lancaster cannot be entirely blamed for the last of those unhappy statistics but, after Saturday's 31-28 defeat by the Springboks, his near three-year reign as England coach is facing its first serious and sustained questions.

Why SA rugby is still torn over race

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"I do not care how the Springboks team does. It is not a reflection of the nation. It is not our team. I support the All Blacks instead. We don't support the national team, because it is a white South African team. It is not a true South African team."

Where would you date that sentiment from Zola Ntlokoma, secretary of Soweto Rugby Club? Autumn 1986, when a rebel New Zealand team broke the sporting boycott to tour apartheid-era South Africa? June 1995, when the Springboks met All Blacks in the first World Cup final after Nelson Mandela's release from prison?

Who gains most in bigger Euro 2016?

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This was supposed to be the flabbiest, most tedious qualification process international football has ever cooked up: 53 European nations reduced to 24 finalists so interminably, and with so many caveats, that even the obsessives would turn their backs long before the end.

And yet, before the last long weekend of qualifiers until spring next year, there is a welcome sense of anticipation in the air. Have football's routinely ridiculed executives actually changed something for the better?

England struggling to close the gap

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Don't take too much notice of the scoreline. This might look like a three-point game, but the difference between England and New Zealand is several degrees bigger than that.

There is no single reason why the All Blacks have lost only twice in 47 matches, but several of them were on display in a rain-drenched second half at Twickenham: an ability to seize control when it matters, a ruthlessness in attack, a great bank of experience to summon in strife, an instinctive understanding of what to do in which conditions.