Leeds Rhinos legend opens up on the last time he spoke to Doddie Weir revealing what he went through to see him

Over the weekend, the world lost a true warrior as Scotland rugby union legend Doddie Weir passed away at the age of 52 after a six year battle with motor neurone disease.

It was this battle which made him a hero to everyone and not least to the rugby league community due to the support he gave to Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow after he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019.

Just a week before his passing, Doddie watched on as another Rhinos legend, Kevin Sinfield visited some locations important to Doddie during his seven ultramarathons in seven days in the fight against MND which Doddie watched on himself.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Sinfield opened up about this revealing what Doddie went through just to see Sinfield.

“The night before we went to see him in Edinburgh, his good friend Carl Hogg came to see us and he explained to us that Doddie was unwell and that it was very unlikely that Doddie would make the early start at Murrayfield on Sunday morning,” Sinfield revealed.

“I understand that, health has to come first but Doddie doesn’t miss things that mean a lot to him so I had an inkling that he would be there.

“Then he was there with a smile on his face, I could tell in his eyes, I knew what it meant for him to be there.

“It must have been a struggle for him to get up that morning and tough on Kathy to get him there, he was a stubborn guy and when he said he was going to do something he did it.

“It meant a lot to the team for him to be there and looking back now it was a really important moment for all of us, because it was the last time I got to look him in the eyes but I think he showed the whole MND community just by turning up that day what he thought of everyone, he was such a selfless man.”

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