The best way to promote Nevin's legacy is word of mouth- Marshall

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Paul Marshall (left) and Rev. Andrew Thompson

Four years to the day since the tragic passing of Nevin Spence, Simon speaks to scrum-half Paul Marshall and Ulster Rugby's chaplain Reverend Andrew Thompson

It's four years to the day since Nevin Spence tragically lost his life in a farming accident in Hillsborough.

Having played his club rugby for Ballynahinch, the 22-year-old had featured in both midfield- at centre, and on the wing.

He won 42 caps for his province, having made his debut against the Ospreys in April 2010.

In his memory, the Nevin Spence Centre was opened, which houses the artefacts and archive footage in the Ulster Rugby Museum, based at the Kingspan Stadium.

In reflection, Rev. Thompson described Nevin's legacy as "tremendous," while Marshall said he was a friend he enjoyed chatting to, as they discussed Nevin's impact both on and off the pitch.

It comes as Ulster take on Scarlets in a Guinness Pro12 clash at home tomorrow night- a game in which joint-captain Rob Herring will receive his 100th cap.

Having spent a season with London Irish, the forward debuted for Ulster in 2012, and has also played a test for Ireland (during the tour of Argentina in 2014).

The hooker has scored in each of Ulster's last three matches.

His co-skipper Andrew Trimble will be rested again after the summer tour to South Africa, as will Rory Best.

Returning to the squad however, are Paddy Jackson, Iain Henderson and Craig Gilroy.

Callum Black, Pete Browne, Alan O'Connor and Robbie Diack join the pack, with Stuart McCloskey and All Black Charles Piatau in the backs.

The Scarlets have won just one of their previous twelve visits to an Irish province-a narrow 21-20 win over Ulster in February, which was also Ulster's only home defeat since early January.

Les Kiss' side will be looking to build on their two wins in the competition this season so far- 29-8 at home to Newport Gwent Dragons and 22-11 away to Benetton Treviso.




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