Paul Wallace is a former Ireland and 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.Â He started all three Tests on this now legendary tour. In his club career he played for Munster, Blackrock, Saracens and Leinster and earned 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.
Paul is part of a remarkable sporting family, as he and his two brothers have represented the Lions. Richard (a winger) played in 1993 against New Zealand and David (a flanker) played in 2009 against South Africa. In 2001 Paul suffered a serious broken ankle playing for Saracens. He showed strength of character to recover from this and return to rugby action with Leinster, but sadly this injury took it’s toll and forced him to finally hang up his boots in December 2001.
As professional off the pitch as he was on it, on retiring Paul’s insights and understanding of the ‘dark arts’ of the scrum and general play were much in demand and his affable nature meant he’s regularly seen on our screens and heard on the radio.Â He’s a Sky favourite and was one of ITV’s 2007 World Cup analysts. A man who has been there, seen it and done it all, he is a great guy to relax over a few drinks to hear his fabulous stories of his time in the elite game.
Home is Dublin, but working for a large real estate finance firm sees him frequently travelling between their offices in London and Dublin.