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.

Alun Wyn Jones and Ken Owens

'A huge game lost by a tiny margin'

Read full article on Wales' World Cup heartbreak means no final triumph for Warren Gatland

Go out at this stage of a World Cup and you don't want to be haunted. You want to leave it all behind knowing you gave everything that you had and that you carry no regret in your wake.

Wales came so close to a World Cup final by expending every possible effort. There will be pain all the same because the happy ending was never out of reach.

George Ford

Will Jones keep faith with fly-half Ford?

Read full article on George Ford: England's first-choice fly-half after impressing against Argentina?

Three games, three bonus-point wins, straight into the knockout stages. England's World Cup continues to build, even as the sense remains that this is still the phoney war rather than anything close to a decisive push.

With a start like that very few talk about changing a team. George Ford will hope it stays that way, because so far in this tournament he has done everything he can to convince head coach Eddie Jones to keep a faith that too often in the past has wavered.

England's Owen Farrell

'Farrell standing up was main success'

Read full article on Rugby World Cup: Owen Farrell standing up from John Quill tackle was England's main success

You take the wins where you can in a World Cup. Tot up the tries and the points. Keep your key men fit. Keep the trajectory pointing up.

And so the stand-out success of England's time in Kobe, more so even than the seven tries and bonus-point win over an underwhelming USA side, may be that Owen Farrell stood up from a hit that on a crueller night could have ended very differently.

England player Billy Vunipola

Vunipola recalls dad's 1999 World Cup

Read full article on Rugby World Cup: England's Billy Vunipola on his dad captaining Tonga in 1999 World Cup

The opening game of a World Cup is a special occasion for any player. For Billy Vunipola, lining up for England against Tonga in Sapporo on Sunday, there will be more emotion than for anyone else.

England and Tonga have met in a World Cup before - 20 years ago, at Twickenham. At fly-half for the visitors was Vunipola's uncle Elisi. At hooker - as captain - was his dad Feʻao. In the stands, staring in wonder at everything around him, were six-year-old Billy and his elder brother Mako.

Star Australia batsman Steve Smith

Smith bats 'like an army of termites'

Read full article on Ashes 2019: 'Steve Smith and the wind steal England's momentum'

There was a moment, just as tea was called on the first day of this hugely anticipated and potentially decisive fourth Ashes Test, that summed up all that had come in the hours before.

As the rain came in sideways on thumping squalls, tearing the flapping beige covers from the frozen fingers of the ground staff, sending a steward in a clear plastic poncho staggering sideways as he tried to keep his feet on the outfield like a fisherman on the deck of a North Sea trawler, a New Orleans-style marching band appeared, playing When the Saints Go Marching In at full volume.

Bury fan

'We should all be angry - if these clubs go we have all lost something special'

Read full article on Bury and Bolton Wanderers in crisis: 'Football teams are our collective history'

If you wanted an image that summed up the love and pain and hope and hopelessness of the situation that faced Bury, it was there in the August sunshine at Gigg Lane on Tuesday morning.

Around 300 supporters, all with other things to do, cleaning the stadium of a professional football club in expectation of a match that was unlikely ever to happen.

Jason Roy

'England’s batting is like a Rubik’s cube in the hands of a novice'

Read full article on Ashes 2019: England Lord's batting 'like a Rubik's cube in the hands of a novice'

A second day at Lord's that was a first day and a troubling one for England that ended with a thrill: Jofra Archer, unleashed in Test cricket for the first time; Australia limping to 30-1, still 228 runs behind.

Archer brings excitement. Archer brings hope, and maybe more expectation than is fair for a man at the start of his international career.

Joe Root looks dejected

'Australia thrashing England? It's like we're back in the 1990s'

Read full article on Ashes 2019: Australia's thrashing of England reminiscent of the 1990s

There is a nightclub on Broad Street in Birmingham that plays tunes from 30 years ago in decor from 30 years ago while people in pastiche 30-year-old clothing enjoy it all with a knowing air.

On Monday it felt as if The Reflex had opened a pop-up branch a few miles down the road at Edgbaston. Everything was on point: cackling Australian bowlers rampant, England top-order batsmen spending less time at the crease than those Australian bowlers had when they were batting, a half-empty stadium on a Monday in high summer when going into work instead suddenly looked the better option.