WATCH: The act of malicious thuggery that dashed Doddie Weir's Lions dream - Ruck

WATCH: The act of malicious thuggery that dashed Doddie Weir’s Lions dream

Many people will have developed a soft spot for Doddie Weir from his reaction to being told his Lions tour was over in 1997, as shown on the Living With the Lions DVD.

The incident in the game against Mpumalanga that caused the injury was horrendous.

“The stamp on Doddie was a cold-blooded act totally out of context with the game,” said an incandescent Ian McGeechan, the Lions coach.

“Under the terms of the tour agreement we cannot cite the offender because the incident was dealt with by the referee, but the fact remains that Doddie has a medial ligament injury that may prove very serious.”

LIST | 8 Great Doddie Weir moments: An absolute LEGEND

Doddie Weir was a giant in the world of Scottish rugby, in more ways than one.

Not only was Doddie a hugely key player to the Scottish national side in the 1990s but the 6’6 lock towered above opponents on a regular basis with commentator Bill McLaren describing Weir “On the charge like a mad giraffe.”

The 49-year-old was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2016.

The following year, he launched his charity, the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which seeks to aid research into the disease and improve the lives of those with MND.

The former Melrose and Newcastle Falcons lock won 61 caps for Scotland.

Here are eight of our favourite Doddie moments from down the years:

1. Hard as nails

We will start off by heading back to 1999. The Scotland lock, was representing the Barbarians against Leicester Tigers at Twickenham, took a huge punch to the chin from rugby hard man Martin Johnson.

Of course, he didn’t go down!

2.  His only Championship try

Weir scored just once in the Five Nations – this try against Ireland in the course of a powerful Scotland victory in Edinburgh in 1997 – and he beat four would-be Irish tacklers in doing so!