Doddie Weir & Stewart Weir
- Heineken Rugby Book of the Year 2019 – Shortlisted
Doddie Weir is a former Scotland rugby union player and Lion. A giant of the game and rugby icon, his story is unique, inspirational and charged with a passion for living life to the full. In a rugby career which had huge highs and shocking lows, Doddie faced some of the greatest players in the game, from Jonny Wilkinson to Jonah Lomu, Brian O’Driscoll to Scottt Quinell and Martin Johnson to Joost van der Westhuizen, and set stadiums alight when “on the charge like a mad giraffe”.
In 2017 as part of Global MND Awareness Day, Doddie announced he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Never to shy away from a challenge, on or off the pitch, he has faced up to MND with undaunted positivity, using his boundless energy to raise funds for MND research and support, with more than £1million already raised and committed in the first year.
Co-author Stewart Weir is a former sports reporter at the Evening Times, chief sportswriter at the Scottish Mirror, and Head of Sport at the Herald & Times Group. He was also deputy editor for official publications at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Stewart has also worked extensively in PR, for governing bodies, and, individual clients such as Sir Chris Hoy, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan. He is also a regular on talkSPORT.