In New York for recreation as well as medication, the Scottish rugby enormous sat down to discuss life with machine neurone illness and what hes doing to fight it
In a famous background from Living with Lions, the seminal film about the 1997 victory in South africans, Doddie Weir is told his tour is over.
” Ah well ,” pronounces the large-scale fastening, his eyes exposing a deeper sorenes than his pout as the doctor flexes his knee, smashed by some Mpumalanga stormtrooper.” We’ve had a good old occasion 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 passed since the last of his 61 detonators for Scotland. It’s 15 months since he was told he has motor neurone sicknes, shutting on a year since he broke the word to the world.