Former Scotland worldwide Doddie Weir has died on the age of 52, six years after being recognized with motor neurone illness.
Weir, capped 61 occasions between 1990 and 2000, went on to lift thousands and thousands by means of his My Title’5 Doddie basis following his prognosis in 2016.
The lock was given an OBE in 2019 for companies to rugby, to MND analysis and to the Borders group.
He’s survived by his spouse Kathy and sons Hamish, Angus and Ben.
“Doddie was an inspirational drive of nature,” wrote Kathy.
“We’re fortunate to have shared our lives with him and we cherish all these recollections: his love and heat, his help and recommendation, his fast wit, and his horrible jokes. It’s tough to place into phrases how a lot we’ll miss him.
“MND took a lot from Doddie, however by no means his spirit and dedication. He battled MND so bravely, and while his personal battle could also be over, his combat continues by means of his basis, till a treatment is discovered for all these with this devastating illness.
“Hamish, Angus, Ben and I want to thank everybody in your help and for respecting our privateness at this tough time.”
Born in Edinburgh, Weir performed for Stewart’s Melville and Melrose, the place he gained six championships, earlier than turning out for Newcastle and Border Reivers within the skilled period.
His first Scotland cap got here in opposition to Argentina in November 1990.
A lineout specialist, he scored 4 worldwide tries throughout his profession, together with two in opposition to New Zealand in a quarter-final loss on the 1995 World Cup.
As soon as famously described as being “on the cost like a mad giraffe” by commentator Invoice McLaren, he was chosen for the British and Irish Lions in 1997 however his tour of South Africa was ended prematurely by harm.
Earlier this month, he appeared at Murrayfield with the match ball earlier than Scotland kicked off in opposition to New Zealand, receiving a rapturous welcome from the capability crowd.
It mirrored the emotional on-pitch look he made together with his three sons in opposition to the identical opponents in autumn 2017.
Weir was honoured with the Helen Rollason Award on the 2019 BBC Sports activities Persona of the Yr.
“Our imaginative and prescient of a world freed from MND stays on the coronary heart of our technique,” stated My Title’5 Doddie Basis chief government Jill Douglas.
“He impressed us daily together with his positivity and power and was absolutely dedicated to the work of the Basis he launched together with his shut associates in November 2017.
“My Title’5 Doddie Basis continues to shine a lightweight on MND and the necessity to search significant remedies and someday, a treatment for this devastating illness.”