In New York for recreation as well as medication, the Scottish rugby enormous sat down to discuss life with motor neurone disease and what hes doing to fight it
In a famed background from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 succes in South africans, Doddie Weir is told his tour is over.
” Ah well ,” says the big fasten, his eyes divulging a deeper ache than his frown as the doctor flexes his knee, smashed by some Mpumalanga stormtrooper.” We’ve had a good old-fashioned epoch of it, eh ?”
Twenty-one years later, in the bar of the Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel, at Lexington Avenue and East 57 th, Weir ruefully smiles again.
” It’s been a bit of a nightmare, having MND .”
The king of understatement is now 47. Eighteen years have passed since the last of his 61 detonators for Scotland. It’s 15 months since he was told he has motor neurone infection, shutting on a year since he broke the word to the world.