George 'Doddie' Weir reveals he has motor neurone disease

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  • George ‘Doddie’ Weir won 61 caps for Scotland before retiring back in 2002
  • The 46-year-old has announced that he is suffering from motor neurone disease
  • Weir will work with specialist researchers to help tackle the incurable condition 

George Grant For Mailonline

Scotland rugby legend George ‘Doddie’ Weir has announced he has motor neurone disease and is joining forces with researchers to help tackle the condition.

The former British and Irish Lion – who earned 61 caps for Scotland and is now an award-winning after-dinner speaker and MC – has announced his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition for Global MND Awareness Day, which is on June 21.

Weir said: ‘Over the past few months a number of friends and family have raised concerns surrounding my health. I think then, that on this day set to help raise awareness of the condition, I should confirm that I too have Motor Neurone Disease.

George 'Doddie' Wear has confirmed that he is suffering from motor neurone disease

George 'Doddie' Wear has confirmed that he is suffering from motor neurone disease

George ‘Doddie’ Wear has confirmed that he is suffering from motor neurone disease

‘I should like to take this opportunity to thank the National Health Service in recognising then diagnosing this, as yet, incurable disease.

‘I am currently on holiday in New Zealand with Kathy and the boys and when we return, I will devote my time towards assisting research and raising awareness and funds to help support fellow sufferers. 

‘There are plans in place to create a charitable foundation to help in any way we can and we will share these details with you after our family trip.’ 

Doddie is supporting researchers in their quest to better understand the disease, in the hope that it will eventually lead to new therapies.

Weir, pictured playing for Scotland against Zimbabwe in 1991, won 61 caps for his country

Weir, pictured playing for Scotland against Zimbabwe in 1991, won 61 caps for his country

Weir made his announcement to raise awareness of the condition for Global MND Awareness Day

Weir made his announcement to raise awareness of the condition for Global MND Awareness Day

Weir, pictured playing for Scotland against Zimbabwe in 1991, won 61 caps for his country

Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Director of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research, said: ‘We are immensely grateful to Doddie for his support at this difficult time for him and his family. 

‘Working in partnership with other researchers and charities such as MND Scotland, our goal is to bring forward the day when there are effective treatments for this very tough condition.’ 

Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Director of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research, said: ‘We are immensely grateful to Doddie for his support at this difficult time for him and his family. Working in partnership with other researchers and charities such as MND Scotland, our goal is to bring forward the day when there are effective treatments for this very tough condition.’