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RaboDirect PRO12 statement on the tragic death of Nevin Spence

Guinness PRO12 Editor

16 Sep 2012

The Board of Celtic Rugby and all at RaboDirect PRO12 have expressed their deepest sympathy to the family of Ulster player Nevin Spence following his tragic death on Saturday evening in an accident on the family farm alongside his father Noel and brother Graham.

David Jordan, Tournament Director, said: “My thoughts go out to Nevin’s family, Ulster Rugby and the wider rugby community.  Nevin was a talented young player with a bright future in Irish and World Rugby.  He will be sorely missed by everyone.”

John Feehan, Chief Executive, said :  “This is a very sad day for Rugby, Nevin was a rising star for his province and his country.  He will leave a lasting legacy with the Rugby Community in Ireland."

RaboDirect PRO12 Chairman Andy Irvine said: "The news of the tragic deaths of the Ulster player Nevin Spence, his father and brother on Saturday has hit the rugby community hard around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terrible time.

“Nevin made his debut in the RaboDirect PRO12 in the 2009/10 season and scored four tries in 33 appearances for Ulster in the tournament. 

“He was one of a fine crop of young players coming through the ranks at Ravenhill and had earned age group honours as well as playing for Irish Wolfhounds. He was undoubtedly an Irish international in the making.

“It will take time for the Ulster players, management and fans to come to terms with their loss and the RaboDirect PRO12 has been robbed of one of its rising stars."

RaboDirect PRO12 will liaise with Ulster Rugby with regards to the next round of matches and will respect the wishes of Nevin’s family and teammates.