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Irish rugby star splits from wife

Paddy Wallace, who was capped 30 times for Ireland between 2006 and 2012, has apparently split from his wife of 11 years

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Ulster and Ireland rugby star Paddy Wallace married Christina in 2004

 

Christina Wallace, wife of former Irish rugby star Paddy Wallace, has announced on Facebook that she is now “separated”, having split from her husband of 11 years. Paddy and Christina grew up in the same part of Belfast, and having started dating in 2003, they got married the following year, and have two young children.

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Paddy and Christina during happier times

 

It has come as a surprise to many, as the couple launched their own autism charity as recently as last Christmas, when they hosted the inaugural  Paddy Wallace Fund for Autism Christmas Ball. The fund was started when the couple discovered that their son Jack suffered from autism, and guests at the star-studded Christmas fundraiser include Rory McIlroy, Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris, Iain Henderson, Mickey Harte and Ian Paisley jnr.

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Paddy in action for Ireland

 

Paddy retired from professional rugby in 2013, and as well as his charitable activities also runs a rugby academy for 5-12 years olds in Northern Ireland. The Facebook post has already been removed, and neither Paddy nor Christina were available for comment, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

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