Rugby Writers’ Dinner – Doddie steals the show

by | Jan 11, 2018

Sotic attended the Rugby Writers’ Dinner in London earlier this week

We take a table at this event every year. It’s a real ‘who’s who’ of the game and despite putting a spoke into any plans for a dry January (sponsored by Guinness & Heineken!) it is always a very entertaining evening and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

This Monday night (8th Jan) was no exception.

On stage a number of players, coaches and volunteers were honoured including Max Boyce, Michael Harrison and Owen Farrell, but without doubt it was Doddie Weir, ex Scotland and Lions legend and radiant in tartan, who stole the show.

Doddie was honoured with the Rugby Union Writers’ Club’s Special Award for a lifetime’s contribution to rugby union and brought the house down with an emotional, honest, heart-warming and at times hilarious 15 minute cameo on stage where he discussed his rugby career, diagnosis and fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

While accepting that any developments may well come too late for him, Doddie and his supporters are using his profile to push MND up the agenda, setting up a Foundation to raise funds to aid research into the disease and to support individuals and their families living with it.

For more information visit the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation