Rob Burrow blasts ‘stupid’ Tories as MND hero Doddie Weir dies

Rob Burrow (pictured) is ‘absolutely gutted’ after the death of his friend Doddie Weir (Picture: PA)

A friend of rugby star Doddie Weir has paid tribute after his death from motor neurone disease aged 52 – and called the government ‘stupid’ for not handing over £50million it promised for research into the condition.

Rob Burrow – the former GB rugby league ace who also has MND – referenced a classic piece of commentary about the Scotland rugby union lock, tweeting: ‘I’m absolutely gutted to see my friendly giraffe die. You are the reason for being so positive. RIP.

‘I’m sorry to say, how many more warriors die before this stupid government give the £50m they said they would give.’

Weir’s family announced his death on Saturday, six years after his diagnosis.

He set up the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – a research charity aimed at finding a cure for MND, which causes brain and nerve degeneration.

A year ago, the government pledged at least £50million to help find new therapies and eventually a cure.

Doddie Wier died on Saturday after a long battle with MND (Picture: Steve Bardens/Getty)

The Prince and Princess of Wales yesterday called him a hero adding: ‘His immense talent on the pitch and tireless efforts to raise awareness of MND were an inspiration. The Princess Royal, patron of MND Scotland, called him ‘truly larger than life, determined, generous and humble’.

Ex-Leeds Rhinos star Kevin Sinfield, 42, said it was an ‘ultimate honour’ that Doddie was with him to launch an Edinburgh to Manchester run two weeks ago. His Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge has raised more than £2million. He said: ‘He will always be a champion.’

Former Scotland team-mate Scott Hastings said: ‘He was a magical human being, simple as that.’

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