- 22 years old
- Born Apr 26, 1990
- Died Sep 15, 2012
- Hillsborough, United Kingdom
Nevin Spence was one of the rising stars of Ulster rugby. The 22-year-old tough-tackling centre was seen as a future Irish international.
He was part of the Ulster rugby squad which reached the European Heineken Cup final last season. Although he did not play in the final, he featured in some of the group games. Back in 2010, he scored a spectacular try against Bath in the Heineken Cup.
He went to school at Wallace High School in Lisburn and was a talented footballer as well as a rugby player.
The sporting all-rounder burst onto the rugby scene with Ballynahinch in 2009 and quickly caught the eye of the Ulster selectors. Although he could play on the wing, he was at home in the centre.
Rugby players across the world, including the All Blacks star Dan Carter, have expressed their shock at his sudden death.