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Post by No9 on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 2:30 pm

Words aren't enough... Shows we are all human and even the toughest of us aren't invincible.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40340310


All the best Doddie... keep on fighting. clap

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Post by TrailApe on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 2:40 pm

Newcastle Falcons will stand shoulder to shoulder with Doddie Weir, following the announcement that the Scotland and British and Irish Lion has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Weir, who made 97 appearances for the Falcons over a glittering career that also earned 61 Scotland caps and three Lions appearances, made the announcement ahead of Global MND Awareness Day on June 21.

Newcastle Rugby Ltd places on record it will offer any and all assistance requested and required to Doddie, his family and friends.

Hopefully get a preseason game organised with one of the Scottish sides (or a Borders XV) to raise some cash for the cause.
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Post by RuggerRadge2611 on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 3:34 pm

It is absolutely hideous news. Sad
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Post by jimbopip on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 3:50 pm

The synchronicity of these things is always shocking. The bbc website carried a feature in the filming of Living With Lions and I sat happily remembering watching it: my daughter kept asking to see the clips of Doddie because he was "so funny and nice". watching him lying there being told his tour was over and trying to put a brave face on it was always moving.
Then to log on at lunchtime and read this horrible, horrible news is heartbreaking.

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Post by tigertattie on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 4:19 pm

Scotland and South Africa should play an international match with the proceeds going to research!

Gutting news!
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Post by mikey_dragon on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 4:36 pm

tigertattie wrote:Scotland and South Africa should play an international match with the proceeds going to research!

Gutting news!

A match was played between 1-2 months ago at Risca RFC with the proceeds going to MND research. It was a good turnout and Huw Bennett featured for the Crandon XV I believe. I don't think Scotland or SA could fit it in with their international schedule; perhaps a Scotland and SA XV could? Unless there is already a planned fixture between the two teams, then some of the proceeds could go MND research.

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Post by No9 on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 4:39 pm

tigertattie wrote:Scotland and South Africa should play an international match with the proceeds going to research!

Gutting news!

Brilliant idea... clap

Pity Scotland not playing the Boks in the Autumn... But could work, if they played them instead of Australia (as Boks not playing that weekend - that I can see), and then Scot could play Aus 2nd Dec...

Wont happen, but would be a fitting tribute to Doddie and Joost...

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Post by Hood83 on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 7:53 pm

jimbopip wrote:The synchronicity of these things is always shocking. The bbc website carried a feature in the filming of Living With Lions and I sat happily remembering watching it: my daughter kept asking to see the clips of Doddie because he was "so funny and nice". watching him lying there being told his tour was over and trying to put a brave face on it was always moving.
Then to log on at lunchtime and read this horrible, horrible news is heartbreaking.

I too watched this and thought the same. Awful, crappy news.

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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 8:08 pm

Terrible news. Not only one of my favourite Scottish players but perhaps one of my favourite Scotsmen of all time! Such a likeable bloke.

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Post by George Carlin on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 8:12 pm

Appalling. He will have the support of everyone in this sporting community.
Rugby people are the best of people.
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Post by RiscaGame on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 8:47 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
tigertattie wrote:Scotland and South Africa should play an international match with the proceeds going to research!

Gutting news!

A match was played between 1-2 months ago at Risca RFC with the proceeds going to MND research. It was a good turnout and Huw Bennett featured for the Crandon XV I believe. I don't think Scotland or SA could fit it in with their international schedule; perhaps a Scotland and SA XV could? Unless there is already a planned fixture between the two teams, then some of the proceeds could go MND research.

Yes, Huw Bennett played for the Crandon XV (as Natalie was his cousin) and the Joost XV had some fairly well known players too. Some like Paul Griffen were great value post match.

Gutted by this news though. MND has been fresh in my mind thanks to the anniversary of Natalie's passing and this game and so to hear of somebody else suffer from this awful disease is very sad. Particularly somebody I was such a fan of because of the Living With Lions dvd and of course the tartan trews.

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Post by TheMildlyFranticLlama on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 8:59 pm

Horrible news, Doddie is such a big character in Scottish and Lions rugby, such a cruel disease Sad

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Post by Exiledinborders on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 9:11 pm

A real shame. We can all remember the quiet dignity with which he dealt with his Lions injury. It is a mark of the man that he is using his fame to raise money for others.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 9:44 pm

RiscaGame wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
tigertattie wrote:Scotland and South Africa should play an international match with the proceeds going to research!

Gutting news!

A match was played between 1-2 months ago at Risca RFC with the proceeds going to MND research. It was a good turnout and Huw Bennett featured for the Crandon XV I believe. I don't think Scotland or SA could fit it in with their international schedule; perhaps a Scotland and SA XV could? Unless there is already a planned fixture between the two teams, then some of the proceeds could go MND research.

Yes, Huw Bennett played for the Crandon XV (as Natalie was his cousin) and the Joost XV had some fairly well known players too. Some like Paul Griffen were great value post match.

Gutted by this news though. MND has been fresh in my mind thanks to the anniversary of Natalie's passing and this game and so to hear of somebody else suffer from this awful disease is very sad. Particularly somebody I was such a fan of because of the Living With Lions dvd and of course the tartan trews.

That's correct, I knew Tomos was Huw's cousin but I wasn't sure which side of the family. Very sad news about Natalie and I feel for Tom (the only family member I know well) who still struggles with it; it was inspiring to see him put his heart and soul into the event though. Did you play in the team or spectate?

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Post by mikey_dragon on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 9:48 pm

All the best to Doddie and his family by the way, the rugby world stands with you.

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Post by RiscaGame on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 10:34 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
RiscaGame wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
tigertattie wrote:Scotland and South Africa should play an international match with the proceeds going to research!

Gutting news!

A match was played between 1-2 months ago at Risca RFC with the proceeds going to MND research. It was a good turnout and Huw Bennett featured for the Crandon XV I believe. I don't think Scotland or SA could fit it in with their international schedule; perhaps a Scotland and SA XV could? Unless there is already a planned fixture between the two teams, then some of the proceeds could go MND research.

Yes, Huw Bennett played for the Crandon XV (as Natalie was his cousin) and the Joost XV had some fairly well known players too. Some like Paul Griffen were great value post match.

Gutted by this news though. MND has been fresh in my mind thanks to the anniversary of Natalie's passing and this game and so to hear of somebody else suffer from this awful disease is very sad. Particularly somebody I was such a fan of because of the Living With Lions dvd and of course the tartan trews.

That's correct, I knew Tomos was Huw's cousin but I wasn't sure which side of the family. Very sad news about Natalie and I feel for Tom (the only family member I know well) who still struggles with it; it was inspiring to see him put his heart and soul into the event though. Did you play in the team or spectate?

I didn't do either, as I was away for it sadly. I bought one of the shirts though and my father went. The bar queue was apparently six deep, so they had a great turn out. I play with Tom and Ryan his brother. Both good lads. Well Tom is trying to do more coaching now, but has had to play 9/10 a few times for the Athletic Very Happy

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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Sat 14 Dec 2019, 2:22 pm

Just watched the Doddie Wier - The Last Try,

Amazing man, £4M raised for MND research so far.

Goal in life - to make it to July 2020 for his 50th birthday.

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Post by guildfordbat on Sun 15 Dec 2019, 7:39 pm

Just watching him on Sports Personality of the Year.

So humbling. So impressive.

Can only wish him, his family and foundation well.

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Post by westisbest on Mon 16 Dec 2019, 8:42 am

WELL-PAST-IT wrote:Just watched the Doddie Wier - The Last Try,

Amazing man, £4M raised for MND research so far.

Goal in life - to make it to July 2020 for his 50th birthday.

I watched that on Saturday. He’s a great character.
Let’s hope he reaches his goal.

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Post by RDW on Mon 16 Dec 2019, 9:27 am

He was definitely the highlight of the show and has really pushed himself beyond the rugby realm and into the wider UK public's mind - BBC Breakfast this morning was talking a lot about him.

Those that have followed him closely over the last few years were pretty shocked to see how badly he's regressed lately - his arms and hands are pretty much useless now. Was great that he was able to walk up to get his award however.

He's got a real difficult year ahead of him - really got to feel for him and his family.

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Post by RiscaGame on Mon 16 Dec 2019, 9:43 am

The video where his wife was speaking, was a very hard watch.
Top man. So very brave. Horrible disease.


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Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12:46 pm

That is the great thing about rugby, no matter how much we bicker on here at the end of the day when some awful like MND happens we all come together as one family. The only sport I can think of that does this.

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