Gregor Townsend says playing Wales for the Doddie Weir Cup gives Scotland extra motivation heading for Cardiff. The Scots take on Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday and the occasion will mark the inaugural fight for the trophy that celebrates the playing career and charity work of the former British & Irish Lions lock, who is battling motor neurone disease.
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Townsend played with Weir for both Scotland and the Lions and takes his team to Cardiff eyeing a first victory in the city since 2002.
His team then face Fiji, South Africa and Argentina before the end of November and ‘Toonie’ will be keen to see his side start their autumn campaign on a winning note.
The 45-year-old says he is proud of what his great friend has achieved in adversity and believes his players have extra motivation to honour him with a victory.
“Doddie’s a great man who’s been inspirational in his fight against MND and it’s fantastic that we’re able to pay tribute to him and his achievements with this match,” said Townsend. “The best way we can do that as a team is to put in a performance against Wales and make him proud. The fact that we are playing for the Doddie Weir Cup gives us an extra incentive.”