SCOTTISH rugby legend and all-round national treasure Doddie Weir has picked up an early 50th birthday present with news that he has been inducted into the Murrayfield Hall of Fame.
The former Melrose, Newcastle Falcons, Scotland and Lions second-row, who celebrates his half century tomorrow [Saturday], was a larger than life character during his playing days, and has more recently captured the hearts of the nation with his brave and dignified battle against Motor Neurone Disease.
Since its inception in November 2017, the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has raised over £5.8M and distributed funds to both MND research and to people with the condition to help improve their quality of life.
“I am truly honoured to be inducted into Scottish Rugby’s Hall of Fame. I owe so much to the game of rugby, and to our great rugby family in particular,” said Weir.
“The support I received from players and supporters throughout my playing career and now in my current battle to find a cure for MND has been immense, and has given me the strength to keep fighting.
“Thank you so much for honouring me with this award – and on my 50th birthday too! What a great present!”
Plans to present Weir with his Hall of Fame award are underway and will ideally happen in person at an appropriate time.