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Former Scotland captain switches from back row to barista to launch My Name’5 Doddie Foundation coffee

24 August 2022

A former Scotland rugby captain shocked office workers when he swapped lineouts for lattes and subbed on as barista for the day. 

Former Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby flanker John Barclay, who was capped 76 times by Scotland, served coffees for office workers in Edinburgh this week.

It was all to launch a new coffee which will raise money for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, the charity launched by former Scotland international Doddie Weir to end Motor Neuron Disease. 

It is hoped the new Doddie’5 Blend, produced by Devon-based Rugga Coffee, will raise thousands of pounds for the charity – and players at Gloucester Rugby, who recently discovered their recently retired former teammate Ed Slater was diagnosed with the disease,  were among the first to receive a bag.  

Coffee enthusiast John Barclay said: “I’d do anything for Doddie, so I was buzzing to get the chance to serve his new coffee, and I was even more buzzing after I tried it. 

“It’s great to see how the wider rugby community has rallied behind him and have done whatever they can to help raise funds and awareness.

“When I spoke to people today, it once again reminded me not only how much love people have for coffee, but also how much love they have for Doddie. I think this will prove to be very popular! “

Steve Edwards MD of Rugga Coffee, which launched during lockdown selling coffee online and in rugby clubs, delivered the coffee to some famous faces, including BBC’s Gabby Logan and her husband, Doddie Weir’s friend and former Scotland teammate Kenny. 

Steve said: “I grew up playing rugby in the second row watching Doddie, admiring the way that he played. Because of what Doddie’s going through now, and because I lost a close family member to MND, this is a cause very close to my heart. 

“We want to raise as much money and awareness for the My Name’5 ’Doddie Foundation as possible, and to get people drinking good coffee.”

Doddie’5 blend is available, in both ground coffee and whole beans, at www.ruggacoffee.co.uk, with 250g bags available for £8.49 and 1kg bags available for £24.99, with a percentage of profits going to My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

Credit to Calum Huntington for the video capturing the occasion. 

Former Scotland captain switches from back row to barista to launch My Name’5 Doddie Foundation coffee
Former Scotland captain switches from back row to barista to launch My Name’5 Doddie Foundation coffee

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