Former Rugby International & TV Analyst
Paul Wallace is a former British & Irish Lion who was once regarded as the world’s best tight-head prop and his greatest moment as a player was the Lions’ series victory against South Africa in 1997. In his club career he played for Munster, Blackrock, Saracens and Leinster earning 48 international Test caps.
He made his Test debut in the 1995 World Cup against Japan in Bloemfontein alongside his older brother Richard in a 50-28 win. On the 1997 Lions tour he started all three matches and was described by captain, Martin Johnson, as “my player of the series”.
Wallace is part of a remarkable sporting family, as he and his three brothers have represented the Lions. Richard played in 1993 against New Zealand and David played in 2009 against South Africa.
In 2001 Wallace suffered a serious broken ankle playing for Saracens and eventually had to retire from all forms of rugby two years later.
Wallace is currently a pundit for Sky Sports, giving expert opinion and analysis during their rugby union broadcasts. 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.
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.