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By Jonathan Pritchard

Paul Wallace 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.

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.[citation needed]

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]

Updated 15:26 - 23 Apr 2017 by Jonathan Pritchard

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