April 2018 Giant Of A Man
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There were emotional scenes at BT Murrayfield before Scotland’s thrilling clash with New Zealand as former Scotland lock Doddie Weir who is battling Motor Neurone Disease (MND), delivered the match ball. The former British and Irish Lion, Newcastle Falcons and Borders star who earned 61 caps during a stellar ten-year international career, was 2017 diagnosed with MND and has won widespread praise for the brave way he is tackling the disease, including setting up his own foundation to research and raise funds for sufferers of MND. Entering the field alongside his three sons Hamish, Angus and Ben to rapturous applause from the capacity 67,000 crowd, the 47 year-old faught back the tears in a spine-tingling moment.
Clearly moved by the amazing reception, the Scottish legend was greeted by All Blacks skipper Kieran Read, referee Matthew Carley, Scotland captain John Barclay and All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett. Doddie then raised the ball in acknowledgment towards the crowd and handed the ball over to Barrett before leaving the field to a rousing applause. An emotional and fitting reception for one of Scottish Rugby’s favourite sons.