All roads lead to Rome

Following on from the success of the Doddie Cup 555 ride in 2023, former Scotland captain, and Lion, Rob Wainwright has set his biggest fundraising challenge yet with ‘All Roads Lead to Rome 2024’, and on Saturday 2 March you’ll be able to welcome the team at the Utilita as they refuel on their way to Dover to catch the ferry. 

The team are leaving Twickenham at 14:00 and expect to arrive at the Utilita at around 15:30, so please do come along to cheer them on. The Bandits have a home match too, so a double reason to enjoy the afternoon. 

The Dodd1e’5 Gr4nd S7am Team has been brought together using experienced Doddie Cup riders along with new riders. Roger Baird (ex-Scotland Rugby and British Lions) along with Ian Barr (ex-SRU President) and Rob Boyns (Welsh lead) head up the team. The 30 plus strong team consists from Scotland, Wales and England and will be joined by many guest riders along the route from each of the Six Nations.

The All Roads Lead to Rome challenge allows participants to be creative on how they will get to Rome. The Dodd1e’5 Gr4nd S7am Team route will see them visit all 6 Nations Stadiums, kicking off at Murrayfield on 28th February, stopping at Dublin, Cardiff, Twickenham, and Paris before the final whistle on 8 March in Rome. The team will be taking the Match Ball with them on their ride (usually carried by Rob Wainwright) and have additional stop in Monaco, where Prince Albert will receive the team and match ball, before presenting it onto Marcello Cuttitta and its final journey to Rome.

The Team members are representing the entire MND community affected by this, as yet, incurable disease. Since its inception in 2017 by Doddie Weir, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has committed over £11 million into supporting MND research and maintains that MND is not incurable, it’s just underfunded. Significant strides have been made in MND research in recent years, which is only possible because of the generosity of donors. They want to continue to support that progress and be part of the cure.

With their website and social media channels, they aim to reach far and wide, raising awareness of MND, the work of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, raising money for this critical research.

Find our more abiut the ride

The fundraising page can be accessed here:

See the route:

Doddie Weir website 

Club’s tribute to Doddie