"Skill was on another level" - Doddie Weir picks his dream team of former teammates and opponents - Ruck

“Skill was on another level” – Doddie Weir picks his dream team of former teammates and opponents

There has never been anyone quite like Doddie Weir. A giant of the game and a rugby icon, his unique story is charged with a passion for living life to the full.

The former Scotland international, whose charity the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has raised more than £5m for MND research, played with and against some of the best players of all-time.

The XV you see is made up of players Doddie Weir singled out for praise in his autobiography.

If you like rugby then this is a simple, honest and amusing book of Doddie Weir’s career (which was quite a career spanning the amateur and professional game).

He is facing a devastating challenge and he has faced it head on. What a legend.

Doddie Weir names his dream team:


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.”