Some barnstorming displays for Munster helped Wallace return to the international fold in 2006.
The Crescent College Comprehensive and RTC Cork-educated flanker won his first Ireland cap against Argentina in 2000, and was in and out of the team before being ever-present for the 2002 Six Nations.
A Lions tourist in 2001, Wallace then lost his place in the Ireland side due to injury and loss of form, playing only seven times between the summers of 2003 and 2005.
A series of high quality performances during Munster’s Heineken Cup-winning campaign in 2005 saw him regain the number 7 Test jersey and the Limerick man has had a strong grip on it ever since.
Tries against Wales, South Africa and England over the past 18 months have brought his Test tally to seven and he will be on the lookout for more at his first World Cup this autumn. His brothers Paul and Richard are both former Ireland internationals and Lions tourists.