Walder calls on fans to turn out for Doddie

Monday 23 December 2019

Newcastle Falcons head coach Dave Walder has called on North East sports fans to turn out for club legend Doddie Weir on Saturday as a Falcons XV hosts Southern Knights in a fundraising match.

A Falcons XV will take on the Melrose-based Southern Knights for the Doddie’s Club Trophy, with two of the Scotland great’s former clubs meeting in a 3pm kick-off at Kingston Park.

Proceeds from the game will go to My Name’5 Doddie, the foundation set up to raise funds and awareness into Motor Neurone Disease, the currently-incurable condition with which Doddie has been diagnosed.

Walder, a former team-mate of the Scot, said: "Normally the only thing I want from a game is a Newcastle win, and I'm not any different on this occasion apart from the fact of also wanting to raise a load of money for Doddie's foundation as well as keeping our unbeaten run going.

"He's a fighter, and the awareness he's managed to bring to MND is incredible. The way the rugby community has rallied around him is a marker of how highly they regard him, and he has enormous respect across the board.

"I'm sure Melrose will be coming down here with the mind-set of wanting to turn us over, and with it being so close to Christmas hopefully we'll get a decent crowd with people really wanting to enjoy some live sport in that great holiday atmosphere.”

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