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.

Five things we already knew

Read full article on Six Nations: Scotland v England mirrors the past once again

A familiar post-match article in this digital era is the 'Five things we have learned' formula. We've all done it - treating a game as a sporting education, pulling out the pearls so we can all feel much wiser afterwards.

Except sometimes we learn nothing. Sometimes what we see is exactly what we would expect to see, because it's exactly the same as the last time, and the time before that.

'We've learned a lot from Wilkinson'

Read full article on Six Nations: Jonny Wilkinson 'great to have around' - Ford

England fly-half George Ford has praised the impact of Jonny Wilkinson after the World Cup winner put on training sessions for the team.

Ford and his fellow 10 Owen Farrell, who will play alongside him at inside centre against Scotland, have been working with Wilkinson at England's training headquarters in the build-up to Saturday's Six Nations opener.

Thomas' terrific 2015 in six moments

Read full article on Geraint Thomas: Six moments that shaped my memorable year

Winning a cobbled Classic. Coming within five seconds of victory in the Tour de Suisse. Chaperoning Chris Froome to his second Tour de France title, challenging in the mountains, surviving close encounters with telegraph poles, enduring a day of abject misery and celebrating afresh when Paris came at last.

It has been a year like no other for Geraint Thomas. Before 2015 slips away for good - and Team Sky's traditional pre-Christmas training camp in Majorca already marks the start of their 2016 campaign - the Welshman provides the inside story of how it unfolded.

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.