A moment’s applause will occur ahead of all games in the United Rugby Championship this weekend to mark the passing of Doddie Weir.
Weir, who played for the Border Reivers in the early days of the Celtic League, was a celebrated Scottish international, who won 61 caps for his country and was selected for the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 1997. In the club game Weir also wore the colours of Melrose and Newcastle Falcons, where he won an English Premiership title in 1998.
A marvellously popular character in rugby, Weir was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2017 which led to him making a far greater impact away from the pitch. He established My Name’5 Doddie Foundation to fundraise and support MND research with the hope that in the future others would have a greater chance of overcoming the disease.
Today and across the weekend the United Rugby Championship are encouraging fans to support My Name’5 Doddie Foundation by joining Doddie Aid – a mass participation virtual exercise challenge.
RIP Doddie Weir 🏴
The world of rugby has lost one of its most colourful characters.
— Jamie Phillips (@JNPhillips4) November 26, 2022