Billy Wallace

William Joseph 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]

Billy Wallace
Billy Wallace 1934b.jpg
Wallace in 1934
Birth nameWilliam Joseph Wallace
Date of birth(1878-08-02)2 August 1878
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
Date of death2 March 1972(1972-03-02) (aged 93)
Place of deathWellington, New Zealand
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Utility back
All Black 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)

Following the death of Loftus Armstrong in 1959, Wallace was 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