Former Gloucester Rugby coaches and players sign up for tough charity cycling challenge to benefit team-mate Doddie Weir and his foundation

Gloucester Rugby director of academy and development Carl Hogg and former Cherry and White head coach Dean Ryan take on a tough charity challenge to raise money for team-mate Doddie Weir and his foundation MND.

Carl has set up a group of cyclists, the ‘Melrose Falcons’, which will leave Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield stadium on Thursday February 10 as part of a group of 100 cyclists aiming to reach Cardiff’s Principality Stadium before the hit sending of the Six Nations.

This strengthens the Gloucester club’s bond with the association as a group of former Cherry and Whites players Mike Teague, Ian Smith, Greg Keyse, Phil Pritchard, Pete Jones and John Gadd also take part in the challenge.

The Melrose Falcons roster includes former Melrose players Carl and Craig Joiner, former Newcastle Falcons player Dean Ryan and former Scotland team-mate Duncan Hodge.

Their mission is twofold: to deliver the match ball in time for the Doddie Weir Cup match between Wales and Scotland, which is taking place as part of this year’s Six Nations tournament, and to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Using a relay system, cycling teams will aim to cover the distance in the 48 hours before kick-off, with various rugby clubs along the route – including Kingsholm Stadium – providing stopovers and pick-up stations. refueling.

Gloucester Rugby director of academy and development Carl Hogg is looking forward to the challenge and hopes to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

“Doddie and I grew up together in the Scottish Borders, both farm boys, both playing rugby for Melrose and Scotland. As mates we have had wonderful times and experiences through rugby and life in general. Since Doddie’s MND diagnosis in 2017, I have been blown away by the courage and strength he and his family have shown.

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