Date of birth: 2 August 1878
Date of death: 2 March 1972
William (Billy) Wallace loved rugby. As a Pōneke Football Club member, his nickname was Carbine - after a famous racehorse - as he was extremely fast.
Wallace first played for New Zealand in 1903 - scoring 85 points in nine matches. He joined the first All Black side in 1905/06, touring the British Isles, France and North America. The team lost only one match (against Wales) of its 35 matches.
Wallace scored 379 points over 51 matches for New Zealand and became one of the most admired fullback players.
On retiring in 1908, the public of Wellington awarded him 400 gold sovereigns. Wallace used this to set up an iron foundry where he worked until his retirement.
The Wellington Rugby Football Union awards the Billy Wallace Memorial Trophy every year to the best and fairest club player.