THE strength, comfort and faith displayed by the grieving Spence family in recent days has been an inspiration to Ulster skipper, Johann Muller.
The Irish Province travel to Cardiff to face The Blues on Friday night in what will be their first game since the tragic death of their team mate, Nevin Spence.
The 22-year-old Ulster and Ireland ‘A’ centre, who was tipped to go all the way to the top in the game, died side by side with his father, Noel and brother, Graham in an horrific accident on their home farm near Hillsborough on September 15.
Since then sport has united to show its respects to the three men, but it has been the way in which the Spence family have dealt with the tragedy which has given comfort to many, particularly their faith in the wake of such a terrible tragedy.
Speaking publicly for the first time on Tuesday, Ulster captain Muller, said meeting the family at the Memorial Service for Nevin was stand-out for him.
“To speak to Nevin’s mum and sisters on Sunday at Ravenhill, the strength and comfort they have shown was an absolute eye opener.
“I was standing there in tears and Nevin’s sister was patting me on the back saying it will be alright!”
Muller added: “That tells me about the quality of the people they are, how strongly they believe in their faith and how it has really helped them through this really tough time.
“It has been very personal and it has been really tough, but if Nev was here right now he would want us to move on and get back on the horse and start going again.
“Like I said in my statement last week, as long as this club exists that man (Nevin) will never be forgotten.”
Ulster returned to training on Monday as they looked to move on.
Muller added: “The message from Nevin’s mum and sisters on Sunday was really clear, they want us to move on and to start playing rugby again.
“That is what we have to do. We just want to go out there, play rugby and enjoy ourselves and to keep things as normal as possible.”