Ulster Rugby have been granted their request to postpone this Friday’s Rabo PRO12 game with Zebre in Italy.
The province made the request following the news of the death of 22 year old centre Nevin Spence along with his brother and father in a farming accident on Saturday.
Books of condolences have been opened at IRFU headquarters in Landsdowne Road and at Ulster’s Ravenhill grounds, and all PRO12 games will observe a minute’s silence this weekend.
Tributes have been pouring in following the tragic incident.
From Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland rugby captain:
“Devastating news about Nevin Spence, his dad and brother.
“What a wonderful talent he was. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Ulster Rugby CEO, Shane Logan :
“I am deeply saddened by this tragic news. Nevin was a wonderful player but also a wonderful person.
“He was well liked by everyone who knew him and his loss will be deeply felt by his teammates and everyone at Ulster Rugby.”
Billy Glynn, president of the Irish Rugby Football Union
“Nevin was an outstanding young player which was evident from his progression through the representative ranks and the game has been robbed of a very talented young man.
“The rugby community in Ireland is a very close knit one and there has been widespread shock and an outpouring of grief at this news.”
Rory McIlroy, golfer
“Just heard the tragic news of Nevin Spence and his family. Makes you cherish every day you have on this Earth.”
Barry McGuigan, former WBA featherweight boxing titleholder:
“Tragic news about Nevin Spence and his family, in County Down, Northern Ireland. My deepest heart felt sympathy to his family.”
From Tyrone GAA:
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends in Ulster Rugby. God bless the family and friends of Nevin Spence, his brother and dad.”
Former Ulster colleague Ian Humphreys, now with London Irish
“Devastated to hear the news about Nevin Spence and his brother and dad.
Prayers with all his family… RIP Nev, you’ll never be forgotten.”
Ben Foden, England rugby international
“RIP Nevin Spence and his father and brother. Thoughts are with his family, friends and team-mates at Ulster. Such a tragic accident.”
George North, Wales international
“Horrendous news about Nevin Spence and family. Thoughts are with friends and family.”