Sunday Social: A rugby legend departs, award winners and celebrating in style

David Skippers
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It is time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, a recap of the main talking points on social media after the past week’s rugby union news and action.

We begin in Scotland with the sad news of the passing of former Scotland and British and Irish Lions second-row Doddie Weir, who lost his six-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND) on Saturday.

Leading the tributes was former Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Rob Burrow, who is himself also a MND sufferer.

Former Scotland team-mate Gavin Hastings summed Weir up perfectly with this fitting tribute.

Weir was part of the British and Irish Lions‘ tour to South Africa in 1997 and although he did not play in any of the Tests on that trip, he was a popular member of that touring party, who will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour.

While the official Six Nations Twitter page shared a video of Weir’s recent appearance at Murrayfield ahead of Scotland’s Autumn Nations Series Test against New Zealand.

There is no doubt that Weir will be greatly missed. Check out this beautiful tribute to him, in his beloved tartan colours.

On a lighter note, the Shepmates guys put their unique spin on the commentary to this year’s World Rugby tries of the year, from Chile’s Rodrigo Fernandez to England’s Abby Dow.

Black Ferns’ second-row Maia Roos turned heads as she used a scrum cap as a bag while attending the World Rugby Awards ceremony in Monaco.

Staying with the World Rugby Awards, check out this distinctive tribute to the men’s and women’s 15-a-side player of the year award winners – Josh van der Flier and Ruahei Demant.

Meanwhile, the Autumn Nations Series came to an end with England‘s defeat to South Africa at Twickenham – a result which the home side will want to forget in a hurry.

Springbok flyer Kurt-Lee Arendse is being referenced in the aforementioned tweet and he certainly set Twickenham alight with this try.

Elsewhere, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, the Wallabies celebrated in style after an epic fightback against Wales.

It was a deserved victory and superb finish to the year for Australia, who have been decimated by injuries in 2022. Here is their unavailable XV for 2022.

And finally, ahead of the URC action in Cape Town on Friday, the Stormers’ male dancer upstaged his female counterparts prior to the team’s clash with the Ospreys.

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