Former Scotland international Doddie Weir has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
Weir, who earned 61 caps, announced his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition for Global MND Awareness Day.
Speaking during a family holiday in New Zealand, Weir, 46, revealed plans to create a charitable foundation to help tackle the debilitating disease.
“I will devote my time towards assisting research… to help my fellow sufferers,” he said.
MND – also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease – is a progressive disease. It occurs when specialised nerve cells called motor neurons break down.
Former British & Irish Lion Weir, now an after-dinner speaker, said his health had become a source of concern.
”Over the past few months a number of friends and family have raised concerns surrounding my health,” he said.