Published Sunday, 16 September 2012
Nevin Spence scores a try for Ulster. (© Pacemaker)
Mr Humphreys spoke about the talented 22-year-old who lost his life following the incident on the Spence family farm in Hillsborough on Saturday.
He said Ulster Rugby was devastated by the loss, and described Nevin as a "dream player to work with".
When the centre entered Ulster's rugby academy in 2008, Mr Humphreys said he and Gary Longwell discussed the squad's prospects, and believed Nevin would progress to play for Ireland.
"Unfortunately with the events of the last 24 hours it's never going to come to that point," said Mr Humphreys.
When questioned about his own future, the rugby chief said Nevin had a very simple answer.
"He was born in Ulster, he came through school in Ulster. He played rugby for Ulster and all he wanted to do for the remainder of his career was to stay here, win trophies and be successful with Ulster."
Nevin was part of the Ulster squad that reached the Heineken cup final last season, and was a rising star for the side.
Nevin will leave a huge hole in our professional squad. As we move forward over the next decade, I’ve no doubt that Ulster Rugby will be the poorer place without him.
Mr Humphreys said the Hillsborough man played a central role in Ulster's success in recent years.
"He brought his commitment, his passion, his enthusiasm every time he played," he explained.
"Talking to some of the players over the last 24 hours, Nevin will be missed because on days when nobody else wanted to come and train, he was there, leading from the front."
The former Wallace High School player was last year named Young Player of the Year at the Irish Rugby Union Players' Association Awards.
Shane Logan, Chief Executive of Ulster Rugby, said Nevin was an "exceptional young man...who was killed in his prime aged 22 with an immense future in front of him".
Mr Logan added that the player was "a man of absolute integrity, complete determination, great humility, a fine team player, and an all-round exceptional individual."
He said the rugby family from around the world has sent in messages of support, and his role was to provide help to the Spence family, as well as Ulster players and fans.
Ulster followers have left flowers and scarves at Ravenhill in remembrance of Nevin, and a book of condolence will be opened at the stadium on Monday.
Meanwhile, the President of Ulster GAA has spoken of his shock at the death of Nevin Spence, and of GAA player Brian Óg Maguire, whose funeral was held on Sunday.
"It is another shocking tragedy that comes days after the untimely death of Brian Og Maguire," said Aogan O'Fearghail.
"Over the last week we have seen two young sportsmen, Nevin and Brian Og who were both at the top of their game lose their lives in tragic accidents.
"The wider community will struggle to come to terms with this tragedy and the Spence and Maguire families will be continuously in our thoughts and prayers in the time ahead," he added.
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