Wayne Wallace

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Wayne Wallace
Personal information
Full name Wayne John Wallace
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–1987 Hornby
1988 Marist-Western Suburbs
1989–19?? Hornby
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978–1990 Canterbury 57
1981–19?? South Island
1985–1988 New Zealand 11 2 0 0 8
1988 Rest of the World 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1990–19?? Hornby
1994 Christchurch City 22 6 0 16 27
Total 22 6 0 16 27
Source: RLP

Wayne John Wallace[1] is a New Zealand former rugby league player and coach who represented his country in the 1988 World Cup Final.

Playing career[edit]

Wallace played in the Canterbury Rugby League club competition for Hornby, although he spent one season with the Marist-Western Suburbs team.[2]

He first made the Canterbury side in 1979, initially as a Loose Forward but he soon shifted to the Hooker position after an injury to Alan Rushton.[3] He set a Canterbury record of 57 appearances between 1978 and 1990, leading the province to wins over Great Britain and Auckland in 1990.

Wallace made the New Zealand Kiwis in 1985 and went on to play in eleven test matches. He was the only non-professional player in the 1988 World Cup Final loss to Australia, his last game for his country.[2]

Wallace became player-coach of Hornby before retiring as a player to become a full-time coach.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1994 Wallace coached the Christchurch City Shiners in their debut season in the Lion Red Cup.[4]

Wallace's Hornby side won the 1997 Pat Smith Challenge Trophy, defeating Papanui.[5][6] They won the Massetti Cup (minor premiership) the next year but could not defend the title.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WALLACE, Wayne John 1985 - 89 - Kiwi #589 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ a b "Remembering what might have been . . .". The Press. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Wayne Wallace Significant Results in Canterbury Rugby League
  4. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.133
  5. ^ John Coffey Hornby has edge - Wallace The Press, 26 July 1997
  6. ^ John Coffey Hornby holds off tough challenge for cup The Press, 28 July 1997
  7. ^ Harding fires Papanui's revival The Press, 18 May 1998
  8. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.160