Paul Wallace

Former Irish Rugby Union Player & Leading Speaker

Paul Wallace is a former Irish rugby union player who played tighthead prop for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. Wallace currently works for Skyen 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. During his rugby playing career, Wallace played with UCCMunsterBlackrock College RFC, Leinster before moving to professional clubSaracens 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. His final match for Ireland was against Georgia in a world cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road in September 2002. 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 and was subsequently described by the captain, Martin Johnson, as: My player of the series. Tour manager Fran Cotton regarded him as the cornerstone of the Lions scrum. 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.

To book Paul Wallace as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553

When at corporate events, Paul is known to cover the following topics:

  • Maximising Success
  • Drive & Determination
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Sporting Success
  • Achieving Goals
  • Realising Ambitions
  • Peak Performance