THE chosen charity of the 2023 Melrose Sevens will be My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and organisers will be encouraging everyone to show their support by wearing a piece of Doddie tartan.

Doddie Weir OBE was one of rugby’s most recognisable personalities.

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He earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.

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Doddie was also part of the Co-optimists side that won the Melrose Sevens in 1993.

Doddie tartan, including scarves and bucket hats, will be on sale at the merchandise outlet in the Fanzone.

‘Oor Doddie’ is also returning to the Greenyards for the perfect photo opportunity to show your support of the big man.

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As a mark of respect to Doddie, the Melrose pipe band will play a rendition of Flower of Scotland before the final.

The Foundation continues to shine a light on MND and has raised significant funds through the amazing efforts of its supporters, committing over £8 million to MND research over this time and over £1.5 million to support families living with MND.

Donations to the charity can be made using the QR code available in the Melrose Sevens 2023 programme. The code will also be on show next to ‘Oor Doddie’.

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Tournament Director, Phil Morris, commented: “Doddie is greatly missed by everyone at Melrose Rugby and we hope we can provide a small but fitting tribute to the big man at this year’s sevens as well as helping to continue to raise funds in the fight to rid the world of MND.”