“He was born in Ulster, he came through school in Ulster, he played rugby for Ulster and all he wanted to do for the remainder of his career was to stay here and win trophies and be successful with Ulster” – David Humphreys, September 2012.
Nevin Spence was a highly gifted young professional rugby player who represented Ulster, Ireland U20s and Ireland A. He died in a farming accident on 15th September 2012 along with his brother Graham and his father Noel. Nevin made his debut for Ulster in 2010 and played 42 games for the province.
His talent was recognised by his fellow professionals in 2011 when he was named Young Player of the Year at the Irish Rugby Football Union Players’ Association Awards. His last game was on Friday 14th September 2012 when he played for Ulster Ravens against Munster A. Nevin was educated at Dromore High School where he was introduced to rugby, then Wallace High School. He played his club rugby at Ballynahinch where he starred in their highly successful 2009/10 season. He made 11 appearances for Ireland U20s, represented the Ireland Wolfhounds and in May 2012 played for the Ireland senior side against the Barbarians in a non-capped game.
RIP Nevin, Noel and Graham.