Duncan Weir is etched into the RBS 6 Nations memories of many Scotland fans thanks, in part, to his 80th minute, long-distance drop-goal that secured Scotland a 21-20 win over Italy, to mark their first success of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Three months later the diminutive Weir proved match-winner again as his 79th minute penalty was key in a 21-19 margin against Argentina - scoring 11 points that day - to secire Scotland a third summer tour victory.
Born in Rutherglen in 1991, Weir won his first cap for Scotland against France in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship. He came off the bench to replace Greig Laidlaw and converted Lee Jones' second-half try.
Weir's 2012 call-up to the national team followed a try-scoring performance for Scotland A in their 35-0 humbling of England Saxons at Galashiels in February 2012 and made his first senior Scotland start against Wales in the RBS 6 Nations championship of 2013.
His first try for Scotland came in the opening Autumn Test that year, dotting down in Scotland's 42-17 win against Japan.
He then started all of Scotland's games in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations that led to the summer tour and his late match-winner against Argentina.
Injury prevented him from featuring in the 6 Nations the following year, however he recovered to complete for place in the Summer Tests - kicking 11 points in the away win over Italy in Turin - and earning a spot in Scotland's Rugby World Cup 2015 squad, wher he scored a crucial try against USA and made the sensational pitch-length break against South Africa that ultimately led to Tommy Seymour's try.
A former pupil of Cathkin High School and a natural ball player, Weir attracted the attention of a number of senior Scottish football clubs, including Celtic, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock, while playing for Glasgow Athletic boys club.
However, Duncan decided to concentrate on rugby and has not looked back since he made that decision, sticking with the Cambuslang club at which he first played rugby at Primary 2 until reaching the senior amateur ranks.
During that time Weir represented Scotland at under-17, under-19 and under-20 and, in the 2009/10 season, he began to train as a member of Scottish Rugby’s National Academy and study for an HND in coaching at Cumbernauld College.
After playing two Scotland under-20 Six Nations matches in 2010 and representing Scotland 7s in the Wellington and Las Vegas tournaments he signed a two year contract with Glasgow Warriors from the start of the 2010/11 season.
Weir was then pulled up an age-grade once more to the IRB Junior World Cup in Argentina following Alex Blair’s selection for the IRB Nations Cup in Romania (Scotland A). Weir’s kicking was consistent throughout the tournament where he registered a personal haul of 41 points (nine penalties and eight conversions).
He made his Scotland A debut in the 25-0 win over USA Eagles at Netherdale in November 2010, and, after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in that match, was included in the Scotland Under-20 squad for the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.
At the end of season 2011/12, Duncan was the second top points-scorer in the PRO12 with 198 (1 try, 11 conversions, 2 drop goals, 55 penalties).
Weir attracted the attention of a number of senior Scottish football clubs, including Celtic, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock, while playing for Glasgow Athletic boys club but opted to focus on rugby.