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.

Jonny May

Unconventional hat-trick hero May makes France pay

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As a 20-year-old playing in the Junior World Cup, Jonny May once scored a try despite having had his shorts and underwear pulled down by a desperate defender 15 metres from the line.

On Sunday at Twickenham it was May who pulled down the pants of a France team who were exposed at the rear again and again and again.

Ben Youngs, Henry Slade and Manu Tuilagi celebrate

'England back with a bang in Ireland'

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A cloudless blue-sky day in Dublin, a perfect storm from England.

If you saw this 32-20 win coming then you should now be able to afford a lackey to read this on your behalf. There is the scoreline, there is the performance that produced it and there is what the combination of the two might do for Eddie Jones and how his story ends.

Eddie Jones

Why this is the defining year of Jones' coaching career

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Eddie Jones understands how a World Cup can change your life.

As Australia coach in 2003 he watched Jonny Wilkinson metamorphose from exceptional player to English national icon. As assistant to the Springboks in 2007 he saw South Africa's president carried aloft on the victorious players' shoulders. In 2015 the late try from Karne Hesketh that saw his Japan side shock South Africa arguably got him the England job, for would the RFU have appointed the coach of a side who merely failed to escape the group stages having just sacked one who did exactly that?

Andy Murray with the Wimbledon trophy

Oh-so-nears, tears & triumphs - Murray's legacy

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Maybe this is all Andy Murray's fault. So often over the past decade has he made the impossible real, against all precedent and logic, that you never wanted to give up on one final sweet miracle.

It won't happen. This is not the end, only because the end has been in progress for a while now - since his first hip operation a year ago, through the painful and truncated comebacks, every time he has limped along a baseline between points like a man twice his age and with half his physical gifts.

Geraint Thomas with his wife Sara

Mr & Mrs Thomas - how we won Le Tour

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This was a year when life changed forever for Geraint Thomas, and it did so in giant steps and little ways alike.

Unprecedented leaps like winning the Tour de France and Sports Personality of the Year. Their unpredictable consequences: appearing on the Graham Norton Show alongside Nicole Kidman and Stephen Fry; spending the Spoty after-show party being asked for selfies by sports stars he had always held somewhat in awe.

Owen Farrell celebrates with teammates

Where do England stand 10 months from World Cup?

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An autumn with three wins from four, yet a year of six wins and six defeats. The world champions kept to within a point, a controversial disallowed try that would have won it; second-tier minnows Japan ahead at half-time, and cutting swathes through a panicked defence.

A single-point win over the Springboks ground out against the odds when a late penalty which could have lost it was not given. A thrashing of the Wallabies engineered by a man, Owen Farrell, who many felt should have been sent to the sin-bin.

Ireland celebrate

'Brutality with beauty laced through it'

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You'd describe it as a world heavyweight title fight, except by the end there were 30 of them in the ring, all glassy-eyed and sagging on the ropes and sucking in air like men with the lungs punched out of them.

Modern rugby is a flawed game. Too much collision, not enough evasion. A season that stretches out and careers too often cut short. Money going where money already is and the hard-up left with even less.

England celebrate scoring their second try

England can take heart from losing to comeback kings New Zealand

Read full article on England 15-16 New Zealand: England can take heart from agonising loss to mighty All Blacks

Maybe someone needs to set up a Facebook support group for the myriad players and supporters in world rugby who think they have beaten the All Blacks only to end up with nothing. Springbok standing arm in arm with Irishman and Englishman. U ok hun. Big hugs. Xxxxx.

This was the 20th time since the 2011 World Cup that New Zealand have been behind at half-time in a Test. They have lost only four of those.

England boss Eddie Jones

'England's win felt close to miraculous'

Read full article on England 12-11 South Africa: Victory at Twickenham 'close to miraculous'

This is supposedly an autumn that sets the mood music for the World Cup that follows 10 months on. By the end at Twickenham on Saturday that music was half heavy metal thunder and half Benny Hill theme music. It was a match that was thrilling and flawed and sloppy and beautiful all at the same time.

By the end no-one was talking about the World Cup either. When a game comes down to a single point and the fifth minute of added time you can't look further than the mayhem happening directly in front of your nose.

Alastair Cook raises his bat at the Adelaide Oval in 2010

How Cook became an England cricket immortal during one glorious Australian summer

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Alastair Cook never looked like the sort of man who would scare anyone. Too doe-eyed, too rosy-cheeked. Polite, well-mannered, as intimidating as a Sunday afternoon trip to a garden centre.

For one glorious seven-week spell, however, he frightened Australians rigid. He was a bogey-man, a monster, a man who sacked their sporting cathedrals and then ruined Christmas.