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Young Ulster star Spence up for gong

Ulster centre Nevin Spence has been rewarded for his impressive season by being nominated for a prestigious award by the IRUPA.

The 20 year old, who broke into the Ulster side at the tail end of last season and has since been a regular feature in Brian McLaughlin’s team, is up for the Players’ Association’s Young Player of the Year prize.

Spence, who goes head-to-head with Munster scrum-half Conor Murray and Leinster back-row Rhys Ruddock for the award, also caught the eye of Ireland coach Declan Kidney and was invited to train with the squad in the build-up to this year’s RBS Six Nations Championships.

Elsewhere in the nominations, Sean O’Brien, Keith Earls and Isa Nacewa have been nominated for Player Of The Year.

O'Brien has been a stand-out player in the Leinster and Ireland back-rows this season while Keith Earls excelled on the wing for Ireland in the Six Nations and on his return to Munster colours.

Nacewa has shone at full-back for Leinster, appearing in 27 matches and racking up 170 points, including seven tries.

The ceremony takes place on Wednesday May 4.

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