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Magners League: Nevin relishing rapid rise to top

Nevin Spence's dream debut year shows no signs of slowing up and he will have another chance to enhance his growing reputation against the Cardiff Blues at Ravenhill in the Magners League tomorrow night.

The centre has established himself in Ulster's first team with a string of fine performances that have helped Brian McLaughlin's men challenge for honours both domestically and in Europe. And, he has already come to the attention of Ireland coach Declan Kidney as he invited Spence to a national training camp in Dublin.

“It's been a lot of firsts for me in the last two seasons, it was a good experience rubbing shoulders with the superstars of rugby and it is definitely something that I will remember for a long time — my aim is to try and get back there on a more regular basis,” said Spence.

To get more Ireland recognition Spence knows he has to stay on top of his game for Ulster.

“I'm just taking each game as it comes and trying to play to my potential.

“Paddy Jackson did well last week and there is a lot of youth coming through with the likes of Craig Gilroy and Luke Marshall so it looks good for the future.

“It's good that the coaches have just thrown us in and with Gilroy getting a good run it shows we haven't done too bad and we're happy enough.”

“I'm just taking each game as it comes, trying to enjoy it as much as possible. If your not enjoying it I don't think there is much point in doing it.”

With Darren Cave making his comeback with the Ravens yesterday Spence knows he is under more pressure to perform.

“That's the way it was always going to be, it's good for both of us that there is a bit of competition now and it can only be good for the team that there is competition in all positions.”

Belfast Telegraph