Having worked closely with him over the past couple of weeks, Ireland defence coach Graham Steadman has praised Wallace for his attitude on the training pitch.
"What has been impressive with Paddy is the fact that he has been very patient. His attitude throughout the World Cup and the Six Nations leading to this trip has not been diminished," Steadman said.
"I think now he has got his opportunity, he'll grasp it with both hands."
In their previous two games against New Zealand on the 2006 tour, Ireland leaked some crucial late scores which led to their downfall in both Tests.
Steadman knows that those defensive errors cannot be made this time and he is bracing the players for a hard night at the office, with 'discipline' one of the key words.
"So it's important that we are technically smart and we are disciplined and composed throughout the 80, 85 or 90 minutes, whatever the case may be."
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