Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer

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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.

Jason Robinson

Six Lions wildcards to whet the appetite

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On Tuesday, British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will sit down with his assistants and make his final selections for the 37-man squad to tour New Zealand.

Some of his decisions will be straightforward. Some will cause arguments. A few might even shock, for a Lions tour demands characters and skill-sets like no other, even if no-one should expect anything quite as eye-raising as the last time a Lions party was picked to meet the All Blacks, when Sir Clive Woodward also unveiled a specially commissioned pseudo-anthem called The Power of Four, with matching bracelets and lyric sheets for his players.

Sergio Garcia & Jose Maria Olazabal

Is Garcia's win the perfect sporting story?

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"I'm not good enough. I don't have the thing I need to have. I've come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place."

Sport is supposed to be all about unbreakable self-belief and unshakeable mental fortitude. Vulnerabilities are tucked away for dark private moments with family and coaches, or alone with nothing for company but demons and deep regret.

Courtney Lawes

Echoes of the past for overwhelmed England

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Knowing that a tornado is coming your way doesn't mean it won't blow your house down.

Once again England came to Dublin with a Grand Slam in their sights. Once again they were overwhelmed by an Ireland team playing with a pace and intensity they could not match. A team of champions engulfed in unfamiliar panic, a side untouched in 18 matches turned over by one unbeaten at home for three rollicking years.

Owen Farrell & George Ford

The childhood friends driving on England

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A buccaneering England team with George Ford at fly-half and his friend Owen Farrell at inside centre. Scotland are the opponents. Early on, Ford sends Farrell into space; a pass later, Jonathan Joseph goes over in the corner.

Near half-time, the two instinctively swap positions, Farrell at first receiver, Ford at second. Off quick ruck ball, Farrell finds Ford, Ford passes round his back to Farrell, the ball goes right, Joseph dives over for his second try.

England Italy

Do slow starters England have a problem?

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It might sound a curiously mealy-mouthed thing to say about a team that have won their past 17 matches and sit atop the Six Nations table with consecutive Grand Slams a genuine possibility, but England's rugby team might have a problem.

It's clearly not the results. Beat Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday and they will have matched New Zealand's all-time tier one record for consecutive victories. It's not the way they finish games; under coach Eddie Jones, they have scored a cumulative 102 more points in the final quarter of matches than their opponents.

James Haskell, Roman Poite and Dylan Hartley

'Rugby? We might as well have prepared for tenpin bowling'

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And so another typically one-sided England v Italy match, a 23rd win for white over blue in 23 matches, as predictable a contest as there is in international sport.

Or maybe not. The scoreboard at the end might have looked familiar, and so too the championship standings: England winners 36-15, back on top of the Six Nations table, Italy with a third defeat in three, Wooden Spoon being readied once again.

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.