Dr Doddie Weir

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF SCIENCE

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Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most popular personalities.

The talented lock forward earned 61 caps for Scotland throughout his playing career, representing the British and Irish Lions on their 1997 South Africa tour, and winning championships with his club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.

He went on to forge a successful career as a sports broadcaster and after-dinner speaker whose popularity extends beyond the global rugby community - particularly in the agriculture and construction fields.

Doddie is now facing his biggest challenge.

In June 2017 he revealed that he has Motor Neurone Disease. From the earliest stages, Doddie has been driven to support other people living with the condition and find ways to further research into the, as yet, incurable disease.

In November last year Doddie launched the charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. As the Foundation marks its first anniversary this month, its trustees announced it has committed £1 million to fund ongoing research projects and to help people affected by this devastating disease. The foundation hopes to invest a similar sum in 2019.

Doddie, his wife Kathy and their three sons live on the family farm in the beautiful Borders, where they enjoy all aspects of country life.

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