Wayne John Wallace is a New Zealand former rugby league player and coach who represented his country in the 1988 World Cup Final.
Wallace played in the Canterbury Rugby League club competition for Hornby, although he spent one season with the Marist-Western Suburbs team.
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. 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.
Wallace became player-coach of Hornby before retiring as a player to become a full time coach.
In 1994 Wallace coached the Christchurch City Shiners in their debut season in the Lion Red Cup.
Wallace's Hornby side won the 1997 Pat Smith Challenge Trophy, defeating Papanui. They won the Massetti Cup (minor premiership) the next year but could not defend the title.
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