Irish rugby player dies in farm accident at age 22

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HILLSBOROUGH, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Nevin Spence, an Ulster rugby player with a bright future expected on Ireland's national team, has died in an accident at his family farm. He was 22.

Ulster Rugby confirmed Sunday the "tragic death" of Spence, who died along with his father and brother after falling into a slurry tank at a farm in Hillsborough in the Northern Irish region of County Down.

Spence's sister, Emma, is recovering in the hospital from the effects of fume inhalation. She and Nevin were reportedly attempting to rescue their brother and father, who had already fallen into the tank.

Ulster chief executive Shane Logan says Spence, a center who was called up by Ireland during last season's Six Nations competition, "was a wonderful player but also a wonderful person."