In New York for recreation as well as therapy, the Scottish rugby great sat down to discuss life with engine neurone illness and what hes doing to fight it
In a famous vistum from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 victory in South africans, Doddie Weir is told his tour is over.
” Ah well ,” says the large-hearted lock, his eyes exposing a deeper anguish than his sneer as medical doctors flexes his knee, crushed 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 legislated since the last of his 61 detonators for Scotland. It’s 15 months since he was told he has engine neurone illnes, closing on a year since he broke the news to the world.