Spence memory honoured at Ulster Rugby awards
Updated: Saturday, 11 May 2013 09:09
Ulster Rugby player Nevin Spence, who was tragically killed in a farming accident on 15 September 2012, has been named Ulster Rugby Personality of the Year at the club’s annual awards.
Spence, who was a hugely talented and much-loved member of the Ulster rugby team, died along with his brother, Graham, and his father, Noel.
He represented the province 42 times and was destined for great things. There is little doubt that he would have gone on to play for the Ireland senior team.
The award citation said: "Nevin’s presence has been with the Ulster Rugby team throughout this season. Although he is no longer here in person, his spirit continues to inspire and motivate each and every member of the squad."
Ulster winger Andrew Trimble was named Bank of Ireland Player of the Year and the Ulster Rugby Supporters Club’s Outstanding Player of the Season.
Trimble has had one of his best seasons in an Ulster jersey. He has scored 12 tries, a personal record for the winger for one campaign and won his 150th cap for the Province against Glasgow.
Iain Henderson was named BT Young Player of the Year.
Henderson has proved himself to be one of the most dynamic forwards in the RaboDirect PRO12. He won his first cap for Ireland in the Autumn International Series and has played a key role in Ulster’s success.
Robbie Diack won the award for the Most Improved Ulster Player this Season.
Competition for places in the Ulster backrow this season has been high, but in recent months, Diack has been one of the first names on the starting XV. He scored vital tries against Scarlets, Zebre, Leinster and Cardiff and won his 100th cap against Cardiff.
Stuart Olding was named Academy Player of the Year. Just 20 years old, it has been a remarkable few months for the ex-BRA pupil.
He made his first senior start for his province in February against Ospreys and has gone on to play ten more times, scoring four tries and winning two man-of-the-match awards.