Billy Wallace

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Billy Wallace
Wallace in 1905
Full name William Joseph Wallace
Date of birth (1878-08-02)2 August 1878
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Date of death 2 March 1972(1972-03-02) (aged 93)
Place of death Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Occupation(s) Foundryman
Rugby union career
Position(s) Utility back
New Zealand No. 107
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1897–99, 1901–08
51 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1903–08 New Zealand 11 (50)

William Joseph "Billy" Wallace (2 August 1878 – 2 March 1972) was a New Zealand rugby union footballer and foundryman.[1] He was a member of the legendary 1905 Original All Blacks. Wallace won his first Test cap for New Zealand on 15 August 1903 against Australia. In total he played 51 matches for the All Blacks including 11 internationals.[2]

Following the death of Loftus Armstrong in 1959, Wallace held the distinction of being the oldest living All Black.

Wallace died in Wellington in 1972[1] and was buried at Karori Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ a b McLean, T. P. "William Joseph Wallace". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Knight, Lindsay. "Billy Wallace". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
Preceded by
Loftus Armstrong
Oldest living All Black
30 January 1959 – 2 March 1972
Succeeded by
Frank Mitchinson