In New York for fun as well as treatment, the Scottish rugby great sat down to discuss life with machine neurone disease and what hes doing to fight it
In a far-famed situation from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 succes in South Africa, Doddie Weir is told his tour is over.
” Ah well ,” says the large-hearted fasten, his eyes betraying a deeper ache than his sneer as medical doctors flexes his knee, smashed by some Mpumalanga stormtrooper.” We’ve had a good old-time meter 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 times have elapsed since the last of his 61 detonators for Scotland. It’s 15 months since he was told he has motor neurone disease, closing on a year since he broke the word to the world.