Pretty sure I wasn’t the only viewer greetin’ at John Beattie’s lovingly assembled BBC Scotland documentary this week on the world of Doddie Weir, the big hearted rugby giant currently dealing with the physical ravages of MND.

The difficulties encountered, and the impact on himself and his nearest and dearest, were not underplayed, but neither were they allowed to detract from the essential message that here was a man, and here was a family, who steadfastly refused to buckle.

Doubtless, away from the camera, Doddie and Kathy and their three boys deal with much private grief. But together, and with the help of the wider rugby family, they have raised millions for MND research, and given the world an object lesson in dignity under duress.

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His Foundation bristled with others who had proudly donned the blue jersey of their country, men like Gary Armstrong and Scott Hastings cheerfully determined Doddie’s biggest game would have a tangible legacy.

The Weirs’ story is one of quiet heroism; not in denial about the likely endgame – typically, Doddie had a pod built to help with his washing and toileting, which could be passed on to another user – but fully determined to live what life still offered to the full.

All of us will treasure the memory reprised – Doddie and his three handsome boys striding on to Murrayfield. Go well, big man.

* If you haven't seen the documentary yet, you can watch it via the BBC iPlayer here.

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