Scotland manager Gregor Townsend has paid tribute to Doddie Weir’s “huge legacy” following his former team-mate’s death from motor neuron disease.
His family announced on Saturday that Weir, who won 61 caps for Scotland and was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 1997, had died aged 52.
Former Scot Bloc Weir was diagnosed with MND in 2016 and went on to found the ‘My Name’5 Doddie’ foundation, which raised £8m ($9.7m) to fight the disease.
“The news of Doddie’s death is incredibly sad for his family and for Scottish rugby as a whole, but it is also a time to celebrate Doddie’s life and what he has achieved, particularly over the past five years,” said Townsend in a Scottish Rugby Union statement released on Sunday. .
“His fight against MND and his struggle to find a cure for the disease has been inspiring.
“I know he has inspired so many people across the country to raise lots of money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which in turn has brought together his friends as well as rugby clubs and communities across Scotland and beyond .
“Doddie will have a huge legacy as he has made such strides in finding a cure for MND and breakthroughs have already been made because of his determination.”
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