Blyth Spirit Award for Doddie

Doddie is honoured by Rugby Players Association


It is not often Doddie looks up to anyone but that's exactly what happened when he was interviewed on the stage in Battersea Evolution at the RPA Awards dinner by the giant Martin Bayfield. Doddie's contribution to rugby and his work to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease througb the work of My Name'5 Doddie Foundation were recognised by his peers, the Rugby Players Association (RPA) at a star-studded awards dinner in London.

Twenty years after lifting the Premiership Trophy, Doddie reflected on the way the game has changed and paid tribute to the current Newcastle Falcons team who are in the semi-finals of the Premiership this weekend.

Doddie was presented with the Blyth Spirit Awards which is given to someone who has shown tremendous courage in the face of adversity. Another former player, Ed Jackson, was also honoured. After breaking his neck in a freak accident in April 2017, Ed was told he may never walk again. Despite the bleak prognosis, Ed showed remarkable courage and determination and, with support from the RPA’s official charity Restart Rugby, was back on his feet within months of his accident.



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