Ulster remember Spence two years on

Date published: September 15 2014

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Ulster have paid a moving tribute to Nevin Spence, the young Irish centre who was killed two years ago in a tragic accident.

Ulster have paid a moving tribute to Nevin Spence, the young Irish centre who was killed two years ago in a tragic accident.

Ireland and Lions hooker Rory Best led the tributes to Spence on the Ulster website, who died in a farming accident along with his brother and father in 2012.

“Nevin's passing had a profound impact on the players, management and staff of Ulster,” said the province.

“Two years on, it is still impossible to comprehend how a young player, so talented, so humble and with such a massive future in both sport and life, could be so cruelly taken from us.

“Following his death, a commitment was made that as long as Ulster Rugby exists, the name and the player 'Nevin Spence' will never be forgotten.

“As part of that promise, a new education and heritage centre will open next year in the new Memorial End Stand – 'The Nevin Spence Centre' extolling the virtues that Nevin so brilliantly displayed – namely a healthy life style, sporting success and a passion for Ulster.”

Spence, who was 22, made 42 appearances for Ulster scoring five tries. He also represented Ireland U20 and the Ireland Wolfhounds.

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