Former Scotland international Doddie Weir has passed away at the age of fifty-two today.
Weir who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease six years ago has gone on to raise an incredible amount of awareness and funds for those suffering with the disease.
The lock who was capped 61 times between 1990 and 2000 was given an OBE in 2019 for his service to rugby and MND research.
Weir is survived by his wife Kathy and sons Hamish, Angus and Ben.
“Doddie was an inspirational force of nature,” wrote Kathy.
“We are lucky to have shared our lives with him and we cherish all those memories: his love and warmth, his support and advice, his quick wit, and his terrible jokes. It is difficult to put into words how much we will miss him.
“MND took so much from Doddie, but never his spirit and determination. He battled MND so bravely, and whilst his own battle may be over, his fight continues through his foundation, until a cure is found for all those with this devastating disease.
“Hamish, Angus, Ben and I would like to thank everyone for your support and for respecting our privacy at this difficult time.”
Renowned as a titan both on and off the pitch, Weir was one of Rugby’s great characters and will be fondly remembered by all rugby supporters.
Weir was present at Scotland’s recent clash with New Zealand at BT Murrayfield where he received a stand ovation.
Rest in peace Doddie you will be missed by rugby fans the world over.