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Ben Smith Billy Wallace's grandchildren, from left, Diane Cotter, Bill Wallace and Chris Cornelius, have gifted his rugby memorabilia to the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

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Billy Wallace’s grandchildren, from left, Diane Cotter, Bill Wallace and Chris Cornelius, have gifted his rugby memorabilia to the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

Precious items from one of New Zealand’s original All Blacks have found a permanent home in Palmerston North.

Three grandchildren of legendary All Black Billy Wallace came to the New Zealand Rugby Museum on Thursday to formally gift items he loaned to the museum in 1970, two years before his death.

The treasures include Wallace’s Wellington and All Blacks caps, as well as medallions and a personal scrapbook. 

Wellington-born Wallace was a member of the 1905 Originals side that toured the United Kingdom. He played 51 matches for the All Blacks, including 11 tests, and could play as a fullback, wing or centre.

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