In an extract from his new book, Doddie Weir has written candidly about the fall which sapped his confidence and the reality of his Motor Neurone Disease fight.
” ‘The truth is that I cannot now wash, dress or visit the wee boys’ room without help,” revealed the Scot in an extract published by the Telegraph.
In June 2017, Weir, the former Scotland rugby international, revealed he had been diagnosed with the desease
Since then the inspirational Borderer committed to helping anyone involved with MND.
In November of that year, he founded the registered charity, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
The group are looking for £50m from the UK Government which will be matched by charitable donations over the next five years to allow researchers to find a cure.
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Here’s who Doddie Weir named in his rugby dream XV
Gavin Hastings (Scotland): “Consistently outstanding for both Scotland and the Lions. Helped me a lot when the game turned professional.”
Tony Stanger (Scotland): “Probably Scotland’s greatest ever finisher. He was key as we won the 1990 Grand Slam.”
Jonah Lomu (New Zealand): “He took the 1995 World Cup by storm. There were plenty of players who were six foot five and nearly nineteen stone, but none I knew who could run the 100m sprint in 11 seconds.”
Alan Tait (Scotland): “He seemed to have the uncanny ability to always be in the right place at the right time. Then you realised that was because he was pushing opponents into areas where they had no space to work. He was also the tightest man in the world.”
Tana Umaga (New Zealand): “Scored twice against us. Like with Lomu, we really struggled to contain him.”