Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen and forward Luke Lewis hold up the trophy at a fan day at Southern Cross Group Stadium, after they defeated the Melbourne Storm in the 2016 NRL Grand Final in Sydney, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.
Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen and forward Luke Lewis hold up the trophy at a fan day at Southern Cross Group Stadium, after they defeated the Melbourne Storm in the 2016 NRL Grand Final in Sydney, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

Paul Gallen put in hospital after grand final win

PAUL Gallen was forced to take himself to hospital after the Sharks' grand final victory on Sunday night. 

The team captain found himself on an IV drip less than 12 hours after the game, struck hard by a viral infection, news.com.au reports

The infection may have been a side-effect of medication prescribed to Gallen after a back injury he sustained three weeks ago.

That, plus the stress of leading the Sharks to their first-ever grand final win, was enough to strike Gallen down with the illness during the match itself. 

"At the end I thought I was going to pass out," Gallen said after the match.

"It's just an amazing feeling. We wanted it more than they did."

Gallen checked into hospital at 6:30am but was out in time to attend the Sharks' fan day. 

While he was able to sign merchandise and pose for photos with the sheer number of fans who turned up, he did have to return to his home in Cronulla for rest straight away afterward. 


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