Paul Wallace (rugby union)

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Paul Wallace
Full name Paul Stephen Wallace
Date of birth (1971-04-09) 9 April 1971
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
School Crescent College
University University College Cork
Notable relative(s) Brothers Richard and David
Occupation(s) Broadcaster.
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

Paul Stephen Wallace (born 30 December 1971) is a former Irish rugby union player who played tight head prop for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. Paul currently works for Sky Sports as a rugby pundit and is also a contributor to the Daily Mail and Rugby World magazine as well as Today FM's The Last Word. Wallace was once regarded as the world's best tight-head prop.[1]

Rugby career

During his rugby playing career Paul played with UCC, Munster, Blackrock College RFC, Leinster before moving to professional club, Saracens whom he played with from 1996 to 2001 before returning to Leinster in 2001. He played at international level with Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, representing Ireland at junior levels before making his full international debut against Japan in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in Bloemfontein to play alongside his brother Richard. He went on to win 46 caps for Ireland between 1995 and 2002.[2] His final match for Ireland was against Georgia in a world cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road in September 2002.[3]

British and Irish Lions

Wallace was selected to tour South Africa with the 1997 British and Irish Lions. He became one of only five members of the tour who played the full duration of all three tests. Paul was a very influential player in the winning of the series, facing Os du Randt in the scrum[4] and was subsequently described by captain, Martin Johnson, as: "My player of the series"[1] with tour manager Fran Cotton regarding him as the cornerstone of the Lions scrum.

Retirement from rugby

In January 2001 he suffered a seriously broken ankle playing for Saracens against Ulster, which he recovered from but further complications saw him retire in December 2003 after winning the Celtic League with Leinster.[5]

Representative honours


Post rugby career

Wallace is currently a pundit for Sky Sports, giving expert opinion and analysis during their rugby union broadcasts.[6] He also writes a Saturday column for the Irish Daily Mail and is a rugby panellist for the Last Word show on Today FM. Wallace is a judging panel member for the International Rugby Board Player of the Year Award.[7]

As well his media work, Paul is also a director of Bircroft Property Finance (Ireland), an international debt structuring firm for commercial property. He previously worked for International property company, Jones Lang La Salle, dealing in international commercial property sales and acquisitions.


Paul's younger brother David, previously played for Munster, won 72 caps playing for Ireland and toured on the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa but retired in 2012 due to a recurring knee injury. His older brother Richard played wing for Ireland, and retired from international rugby in 1999 after earning 29 caps for Ireland and touring New Zealand with the 1993 Lions. All three Wallace brothers have made the Guinness Book of Records as the only three members of one family to play for the Lions.

Wallace is married to Barbara Loftus.[8] Loftus is senior producer to Matt Cooper on Today FM's drivetime programme, The Last Word.[9]


  1. 1 2 "Paul Wallace". Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  2. "Paul Wallace - Personally Speaking Bureau". Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. "Paul Wallace". Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  4. Chris Hewett (27 June 2009). "'The next 80 minutes are everything'". The Independent. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  5. 1 2 "Where's Wally?". Saracens. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  6. "The Lions of '97". Irish Independent. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  7. "Richie McCaw named IRB Player of the Year". IRB. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  8. "First Encounters: Paul Wallace and Professor John Reynolds". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  9. "Last word for Loftus -". Retrieved 11 May 2015.
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