Duncan Weir's 80th minute drop-goal secured Scotland a 21-20 win over Italy to mark their first success in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship. And three months later the diminutive Weir proved match-winner again as his 79th minute penalty was key in a 21-19 margin against Argentina which booked Scotland their 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.
His first try for Scotland came in the opening viagogo Autumn Test of 2013, Scotland's 42-17 margin against Japan. 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. He first played rugby with Cambuslang at Primary 2 level and went on to play senior rugby for the club.
A former pupil of Cathkin High School and a natural ball player, he 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. He has represented Scotland at under-17, under-19 and under-20. 2010 saw him represent Scotland 7s in the Wellington and Las Vegas tournaments.
The 2009/10 season saw him play his club rugby for Glasgow Hawks, train as a member of Scottish Rugby’s National Academy and study for an HND in coaching at Cumbernauld College before he was promoted from U19 to U20 and, after playing two Scotland under-20 Six Nations matches in 2010, signed a two year contract with Glasgow Warriors from the start of the 2010/2011 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 league with 198 (1 try, 11 conversions, 2 drop goals, 55 penalties).
He made his first start for Scotland against Wales in the RBS 6 Nations championship in 2013.