Former Lions and Scotland lock Doddie Weir is in the process of setting up a charitable foundation after announcing he has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease earlier this week.
The 46-year-old announced his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition for Global MND Awareness Day last Tuesday.
Speaking during a holiday in New Zealand, he said: “I will devote my time towards assisting research and raising awareness and funds to help support fellow sufferers,
”Over the past few months, a number of friends and family have raised concerns surrounding my health.
“I think then, that on the day set to help raise awareness of the condition, I should confirm that I too have Motor Neuron Disease.
“I should like to take this opportunity to thank the National Health Service in recognising then diagnosing this, as yet, incurable disease.
Scottish Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay, said: “Doddie gave distinguished service to the national team for ten years and has been a terrific ambassador for our sport.
“Scottish Rugby will look to support him and the charity initiative he has described.”