RUGBY stars teamed up with Ledbury Rugby Club to raise more than £6,000 for a trust set up by a former international.

Doddie Weir, who played for Scotland and the British & Irish Lions, started the Doddie Weir'5 Trust after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.

Ross Road was the destination of a 21 mile walk that started from Upton RFC.

Well-wishers donated money to the walkers along the route, and before and after Ledbury's Midlands 3 West (South) match against Shipston-on-Stour on Saturday.

The walk and auction was organised by his Hanley Swan-based former club and international team-mate Peter Walton.

He was joined by Worcester Warriors player Chris Pennell, coach Carl Hogg and centre Will Butler, and Ross Moriarty, a flanker for Gloucester and Wales, as well as a number of other walkers.

"To raise over £6,000 through the various means is an absolutely brilliant achievement and we know this money will help research and raise awareness of this terrible condition," said Walton.

"It was an emotional day, but there was a fantastic spirit amongst everyone and it goes to show how strong the rugby family is.

"We must also thank Ledbury's juniors and supporters for a fantastic welcome as we arrived at the club at the end of the walk."

An auction of signed rugby shirts was also held, including England, Bath, Worcester Warriors and Gloucester RFC shirts, a signed Scotland rugby ball and a signed Doddie Weir figurine.

On the pitch, Ledbury fell to a 39-15 defeat against their second-placed opponents.

However, there was better news for Bromyard, who claimed an excellent 12-10 win over Alcester that has given them a fighting chance of staying up.

First half tries from Toby Rivers and Kris Brown saw them home, with Pat Hill adding the extra points.

Meanwhile, Greyhound maintained second spot in Midlands 5 West (North) following a comfortable 49-8 win over St Leonards.

Eliot Phillips led the way with three tries, with Chris Fisher, Jake Cheshire, George Gwynn and Liam Webdale also on the scoresheet.