Memorial service held for Nevin Spence in Belfast

Monday 24 September 2012 12.14
Nevin Spence died along with his father and brother after being overcome by slurry fumes
Nevin Spence died along with his father and brother after being overcome by slurry fumes

A memorial service took place at Ravenhill Rugby Grounds this afternoon for the late Ulster rugby player Nevin Spence.

Mr Spence died along with his father and brother in a farming accident in Co Down last week.

Paying tribute to the 22-year-old, Ulster and Ireland hooker Rory Best said Nevin's memory would continue to shape Ulster rugby for years to come and that he will never be forgotten.

The service was led by Reverend Andrew Thompson, Ulster rugby chaplain and minister at Elmwood Presbyterian Church in Lisburn.

Nevin, his father Noel, 58, and his brother Graham, 30, were overcome by slurry fumes.

They were laid to rest on Thursday.

Members of the Leinster, Connacht and Munster teams attended the service along with the Ulster players.

Spence was predicted to have a major international future ahead of him in the game.

He was widely tipped to be one of those vying to replace Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll in the outside centre position when his international career ends.

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