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.

Six reasons it went wrong for England

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The first host nation to go out in the group stages of a World Cup. The earliest England have ever exited the tournament.

The 33-13 humiliation at the hands and boots of Australia on Saturday brought four years of expectation and optimism crashing to an end. So where did England's 2015 World Cup campaign go so horribly wrong?

A new rock bottom for England?

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After all the hype and the hope, it wasn't even close.

World Cup humiliations are nothing new for English sporting teams. The men's football, cricket and rugby sides have now gone out of the group stages at three different World Cups in three different continents in 17 months.

The World Cup's most interesting man?

Read full article on England v Australia: David Pocock a campaigner on and off the field

How do the English feel about Australian sports stars? Usually it follows what we might call the Hayden-Ponting Curve: peak of playing career, significant antipathy; later career, grudging respect; retirement, actually, they're not a bad bloke, are they?

Which is where Wallabies back-row forward David Pocock bucks the trend, as he does in every aspect of his life.

'Wales delivered a win like no other'

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Sometimes there are games so gripping that hype is left looking lightweight. Sometimes there are contests so brutal that there are more men bloodied and broken than left standing. Sometimes teams refuse to be beaten, even when the scoreboard and odds and environment are all against them.

Saturday night at Twickenham was all that and more. Breathless chaos, impossible composure. A moment of brilliance, a litany of stupidity. Arguably the biggest and best win Wales have ever pulled off on foreign soil, indisputably the most devastating defeat of Stuart Lancaster's England regime.

What England v Wales means to us

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It is the biggest match of the Rugby World Cup so far: two ancient enemies, two neighbours united by both border and historic rivalry, coming together in a group in which only the strongest can survive.

What will it mean to the two nations - to those lucky enough to have tickets, to the parents of the players, for youngsters being allowed to stay up late and to those of more grizzled vintage watching in boozy clubhouses?

'Full of promise, but a shaky start'

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How do you start a tournament that has been talked about for four years, cost £150 million to host, seen 2.4 million tickets sold and begun with 80,000 people roaring from all sides of a sold-out stadium?

By letting the kick-off bounce, as if it were an under-11s game on a muddy school playing field.

Beijing's most memorable moments

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And so a World Championships that began with metaphorical grey clouds over the sport ended with meteorological dark clouds spilling rain across the Bird's Nest and Beijing beyond.

Have these been an auspicious championships, for the sport, for British athletics a year out from the Olympics and for the stars and villains who came to China in search of gold?

Don't take Farah dominance for granted

Read full article on Mo Farah's World Championship wins are anything but routine

Should you for some reason be in danger of taking Mo Farah's achievements for granted, after his fifth World Championships distance gold, his sixth straight season dominating each year's biggest championship and his seventh global title, there are a few things you might wish to consider.

Here's an example of a training session he ran a few weeks ago.

Cherish the supreme showman Bolt

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So now we know: the way to bring down Usain Bolt is to blindside him with a Segway.

Even then it was too late. By the time a cameraman chasing the great champion had clipped his winged heels and sent them both to the deck, Bolt was halfway round his lap of honour and his latest line-up of victims trudging out of the stadium with their spikes slung round their necks.