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IN TOUCH: Glasgow Warriors RaboDirect PRO12 Ambassador Duncan Weir

Guinness PRO12 Editor

22 Nov 2012


Fly-half Duncan Weir has been capped twice by Scotland, and has amassed 329 points in just 41 RaboDirect PRO12 appearances for the Warriors.

He’s been out with injury for the last few weeks, but having started training again he is chomping at the bit to be back involved and hopes to be back within a month.

Weir was named in last season’s RaboDirect PRO12 Dream Team and is regarded as one of the best fly-halves in the British game.

Here he tells us why he’s nicknamed ‘Meatball’ and about his background in football before moving into rugby.

What are your nicknames? 
Meatball. I think it’s about my body shape, so I tried to rename it venison ball but it didn’t catch on. It started last year because my dad always used to cook me meatballs and I told the other lads about how good they were.

If you weren't playing rugby what would you want to be?
I’d probably play football or do some rugby coaching, otherwise I would maybe work in the fire service. I played a wee bit of football at some SPL clubs – I trialled at Kilmarnock, Celtic, Aberdeen and Partick Thistle.

Who are your rugby heroes?
Jonny Wilkinson and Dan Carter. They are both fly-halves and have both had hugely successful careers – they have a great all-round game as well as their kicking.

Who has been your best ever roommate?
Henry Pyrgos. Whenever we room together we end up watching a good TV series or a film or two. We’ve recently been watching the hockey documentary 24/7 on Flyers/Rangers.

Who's your gym buddy? 
The other half-backs, Ruaridh Jackson and Chris Cusiter. There is always a good atmosphere between us in the gym, but we’re quite competitive too. 

Which rugby player would you least like to meet down a dark alley?
Sébastien Chabal. He is a pretty big guy and looks like he would be pretty threatening down a dark alley.

What are your guilty 'diet' pleasures?
I enjoy a pizza. There are also a lot of ice cream shops with some nice selections in Glasgow that are quite famous.

What are your hobbies outside rugby?
I quite enjoy going to watch live football if I have the chance. I enjoy a game of golf and like dog-walking too – last month I got a Puggle, which is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle, called Douglas.

What newspaper do you read?
I don’t really read any, but if I had to I would read the Scotsman. I sometimes get it just to see the rugby de-brief after we’ve played.

Who is your favourite rugby pundit?
Andrew Cotter. I think he’s got some good little sayings, especially when he’s commentating on a Scotland game because he’s very passionate.

Do you have any superstitions? 
Not really, but Pat MacArthur does this really funny smile when he’s getting ready for a game. I think it’s just him getting in the zone, but it’s a pretty weird face he pulls.