Rugby great Doddie Weir has asked the health secretary to put Motor Neurone Disease patients on the ‘very vulnerable’ list during the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Newcastle Falcons player was diagnosed with MND in 2017. He set up a charity to raise funds for research into the disease and has actively campaigned to raise awareness since then. It was revealed in January that Weir's charity, My Name'5 Doddie, has invested almost £4 million into MND research.

The rugby star took to Twitter to release a video asking Matt Hancock why people with MND are not included on the list of 'very high risk' people.

People included on the list include those with cancer who may fall extremely unwell if they contract Covid-19. They are entitled to support from the UK Government, such as assistance with medication and food deliveries.

In the clip Doddie thanked the work of the NHS and Matt Hancock before saying: “My name is Doddie Weir and I have MND - a terminal illness with short and long term issues. I need your help"Why is MND not on the very vulnerable persons list? Would it be possible you to work with MND Association and MND Scotland to change this?

“People with MND have a hard life in itself, never mind trying to fight the coronavirus.

“Please help us stay alive as long as possible. Thank you.”