In New York for merriment as well as treatment, the Scottish rugby great sat down to discuss life with engine neurone illness and what hes doing to fight it
In a famed incident from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 victory in South Africa, Doddie Weir is told his tour is over.
” Ah well ,” says the big fastening, his eyes betraying a deeper sorenes than his wince as medical doctors flexes his knee, smashed by some Mpumalanga stormtrooper.” We’ve had a good old-fashioned period 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.