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.

Pep Guardiola, Sergio Aguero, Mo Salah and Jurgen Klopp

'English football has never seen anything quite like it'

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There have been points in this football season where you can feel as if you are watching the climax of some artfully scripted 10-part box set.

It's there in a record-breaking Premier League title race, the implausible Champions League comebacks, the goalscoring landmarks of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kicked off by a World Cup that reignited the connection between England fans and the national team, coming to a crescendo in Madrid with a final that few thought could happen and fewer still want to miss.

Caster Semenya

Why nobody has truly won in Semenya case

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The Caster Semenya case began acrimoniously and ended the same way. It started with a search for a simple truth yet even in its resolution leaves loose threads and unanswered questions. The final verdict protects the rights of many sportspeople, and leaves other heroes ostracised and exposed.

Throughout it has been a mess of contradictions and conflation. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has rejected Semenya's appeal against athletics' governing body's regulations but revealed in its verdict the flaws that may ensure this is a new front rather than the end.

Chris Froome

'You come here to suffer'

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It's the first thing you see as your plane descends towards Tenerife, after the long flight over the grey-blue Atlantic - a ring of thick cloud hiding the island below, and poking through it, like the spire of some great natural cathedral, the peak of Mount Teide.

Most people have come for spring sunshine, for cheap beer and serious sun-lounger time down on the warm coast. Most will only see the top of Teide again on the way out.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones holds the Six Nations trophy

'The great coup of Gatland's Wales'

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When a game is won at such a canter it seems strange to talk of miracles.

But as Alun Wyn Jones raised the Six Nations trophy into the teeming Cardiff skies on Saturday, gold and red streamers cascading down from the stands, flame-throwers lobbing light into the gloom overhead, the great coup of Warren Gatland's Wales was there for all to see once again.

Joe Cokanasiga and Manu Tuilagi go on the attack

Heavyweight duo Tuilagi and Cokanasiga pummel Italy

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These are strange times at Twickenham. Before England's 57-14 victory over Italy the stadium's PA blasted out The Prodigy's Firestarter, a nod to the recently deceased Keith Flint in front of many who you suspect would have liked to have seen him conscripted into military service.

Within the first four minutes England twice kicked behind the opposition defence, just as they had repeatedly in their first three matches this year, only this time it was prop Kyle Sinckler and number eight Billy Vunipola doing it.

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?