Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

Tom is the BBC's chief sports writer. ... Read more about Tom Fordyce

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.

Sir Alex Ferguson & Eddie Jones

Jones' six key questions for the Six Nations

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Eddie Jones' England appear to have minimal problems: reigning Six Nations champions, 14 wins on the spin, a summer spent whitewashing Wallabies, an autumn of being tested and pulling through every time.

And yet. As they prepare to get their title defence under way against France this Saturday, Jones has been in typically restless mood - decrying his players' global standing, downplaying the team's decorated past year, and being as likely to appear satisfied as he is to tarmac Twickenham.

Roger Federer

Federer defies age, logic and nemesis Nadal

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Of course it was going to go to five sets. Of course it was going to make you feel sick for four hours. Of course it was going to go places that no other final and no other players could possibly go.

Before this Australian Open final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal even began, it felt like the Beatles reforming in 1979 for a one-off gig. When Federer's forehand finished it, deep into the Melbourne night, it was as if they had released a new Revolver too.

Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp

The eight C's of the Premier League so far

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Almost a quarter of the Premier League season gone. Seldom predictable, never dull, what have the first nine rounds of matches told us about 2016-17 so far?


For all the pre-season forecasts, so much of what we have seen has refused to make much logical sense.

The current table-toppers, Manchester City, are on the longest winless run of their manager's career. The team in second, Arsenal, were a defensive shambles in their opening fixture. The team who have produced the single best display of the season, Tottenham and their 2-0 win over City, aren't currently in the top four.

Tribute to Anthony Foley

'Anthony was the epitome of a Munster man'

Read full article on Anthony Foley: A community struggles after the death of its favourite son

It is a bright, sunny October day in Limerick in the west of Ireland, the weather unseasonably warm, the autumn leaves in full red and gold glory. And everywhere men are in tears.

The politician. The headteacher. The rugby captain. Team-mates, old friends, strangers in silenced bars. Young lads and old granddads, men in smart blazers, hard men with battered faces. All of them struggling, all of them opened up.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

'In a tainted era, there has been no better sporting role model'

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If the timing of her retirement is no great surprise, Jessica Ennis-Hill's career has still been about the gloriously unexpected.

She won world titles and Olympic golds when she was supposed to be too small to succeed, overcame serious injuries that cost her championship chances and then came back from childbirth to triumph again - along the way beating women once banned for doping and others who were only retrospectively sanctioned.

Nick Kyrgios

Wasting his talent? Enigma of Kyrgios

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It was a very Nick Kyrgios thing for Nick Kyrgios to do.

At the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday he did not just lose to a man ranked almost 100 places below him, having won his preceding tournament in magnificent style, but seemed to scuttle himself mid-battle: patting the ball over the net rather than serving, walking back to his chair before a serve from his opponent had landed, arguing with the umpire, arguing with spectators, swearing to all quarters.

Team GB

Money? Detail? How did Team GB do it?

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It has been an Olympic fiesta like never before for Britain: their best medal haul in 108 years, second in the medal table, the only host nation to go on to win more medals at the next Olympics.

Never before has a Briton won a diving gold. Never before has a Briton won a gymnastics gold. There have been champions across 15 different sports, a spread no other country can get close to touching.

Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain

Inside story of the Brownlees' triumph

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Four years ago in London a gold and bronze, on a scorching Thursday around Copacabana's streets and blue waters the gold and silver.

To outsiders, the second chapter of the Brownlee brothers' triathlon triumph might seem somehow preordained, the two tough lads from Yorkshire doing what they always do. Alistair becomes the first triathlete, male or female, to retain an Olympic title. Jonny follows him home, the only one to get close to the greatest one-day racer in the world, the only one able to push him to his limits.