Published Wednesday, 11th April 2018 in Staff news
Former classmates of Doddie Weir are among past and present students scrummaging together to raise money for the rugby legend’s motor neurone disease charity.
The charity rugby match will take place at Peffermill Playing Fields on Wednesday 18 April (kick-off 7pm). Entry is free but collection buckets will be circulating on the night and anyone interested in giving to the cause is invited to donate by clicking here.
The ex-Melrose and Newcastle Falcons lock gained the first of his 61 Scotland caps against Argentina in 1990 while studying for an HND in Agriculture at SRUC’s Edinburgh campus. He also played a crucial role in his country’s World Cup campaign of 1991, where Scotland reached the semi-finals, before graduating the following summer.
Now two of his former classmates, including Hamish Dykes from the BBC’s Lambing Live programme, will turn out for an SRUC Alumni team against the college’s current Edinburgh Agrics side in a special charity match, where they hope to raise at least £2000 for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Doddie revealed last year that he had MND and set up the foundation to raise money for research and to provide grants to people living with the condition.
The team of former students will be captained by Steven Mitchell, who runs the famous Buffalo Farm in Fife and starred in the second series of BBC’s This Farming Life, while the current side is captained by Ian Carlisle, a third-year student from Dumfries.
Doddie said: “I am delighted to see my old college is staging a rugby match for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. I have so many fantastic memories of being at SRUC where I made such a great number of friends – it is impressive to hear that some of them are still able to pull on a pair of rugby boots!”
Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted that so many SRUC alumni, including some of Doddie’s ex-classmates, have agreed to take part against our current crop of rugby players for what promises to be a memorable and extremely worthwhile occasion.”
Hamish Dykes said: “The first time I met Doddie at college, he was straight out of school and fairly unknown. But by the time we left, he was a famous international rugby player, so I like to think our influence helped! It’s brilliant to get the opportunity to take part in this match and help Doddie’s charity and also to renew some old acquaintances at SRUC.”
We hope to see you all there!
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