Doddie Weir, a former Scotland and British and Irish Lions second row, has passed away at the age of 52 due to complications due to motor neurone disease (MND), the family has confirmed via Scottish Rugby.
A statement from the family read: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our loving husband and father, Doddie.
“Doddie was an inspiring force of nature. His inexhaustible energy, drive, and strength of character propelled him through his rugby and business career and, we believe, enabled him to battle the effects of MND (motor neurone disease) during so many years.
“Doddie put the same energy and even more love and fun into our lives together – he was a true family man. Whether working together on the farm, on vacation, or celebrating occasions with wider family and friends, Doddie was always at the center of it all.
“We are lucky to have shared our lives with him and cherish all those memories: his love and warmth, his support and advice, his quick wit and terrifying jokes. It is hard to put into words how much we will miss him. MND took a lot from Doddie, but never his spirit and determination. He fought the MND so bravely, and though his own battle may be over, his fight continues through his foundation, until he finds a cure for those with this devastating disease.
Hamish, Angus, Ben and I want to thank everyone for their support and for respecting our privacy at this difficult time.
A larger than life character on and off the pitch, George Wilson ‘Doddie’ Weir enjoyed a storied career for Scotland, the Lions, Melrose, Newcastle Falcons and Border Reivers.
The rugby world came together in 2017 following the news of his diagnosis of the life-limiting disease, a condition he suffered from for five years.
In fact, Scotland turned up in the Weir tartan for their autumn international match against New Zealand last Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of their motor neurone disease research foundation.
The former Scotland international was in the crowd for the match, five years after he made an appearance in the same match, just months after he revealed his diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND).
He then founded the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation (MNDF), which has now committed nearly £8m to research projects across the UK.
Scotland wore specially created jerseys with numbers in Weir’s famous blue and yellow tartan to mark the foundation’s milestone. Weir wore the number five shirt throughout his club career and when he won 61 caps for Scotland.
Former Scotland and Lions teammate Gregor Townsend gutted Scotland failed to get a win against Doddie Weir, his 52-year-old former international team-mate who presented the ball before kick-off in a rare comeback to the national. stadium.
“It was a great occasion for Doddie and his family,” Townsend said. “It was brilliant to hear the crowd show their appreciation for him. We wanted to win the game for Doddie and we didn’t.”
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