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Paul Gallen

Lock

Retired

Player Bio

Date of Birth:
14 August 1981
Birthplace:
Sydney, NSW
Nickname:
Gal
Debut Club:
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Date:
03 June 2001
Opposition:
Parramatta Eels
Round:
15
Previous Club:
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Junior Club:
Wentworthville
Biography:

Unfailingly tough and durable, Paul Gallen was the ultimate workhorse.

The indefatigable lock, who debuted in 2001, is regarded as one of the greatest Sharks players of all time, having spent his entire 19-year career in the Sutherland Shire.

His crowning moment came in 2016 when he captained the club to its maiden premiership. Scenes of Gallen tearfully embracing Cronulla legend Andrew Ettingshausen after the grand final win over the Storm showed what it meant.

A long-time NSW skipper, some of Gallen's finest performances were in the State of Origin arena and he was at the helm when the Blues snapped Queensland's unprecedented eight-year winning streak in 2014.

He enjoyed plenty of Test success, winning 29 of his 32 matches for the Kangaroos and featuring in the 2013 World Cup triumph.

Gallen retired from the NRL at the end of 2019, aged 38, as the most-capped Sharks player (348 premiership games). But he continued to showcase his tremendous athletic ability by furthering his professional boxing career.

Playing

Appearances
348
Points
257
Tries
63

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Sharks 2001 2 1 1 - 50% - - - - - - - - 1 29 6 137 68.50 - - -
Sharks 2002 21 16 5 - 76% 1 - 4 - - - - - 10 414 20 1,912 91.05 - - -
Sharks 2003 17 6 11 - 35% 5 - 20 59 3.47 - 29 - 30 374 27 1,985 116.76 - - -
Sharks 2004 19 8 11 - 42% 5 - 20 71 3.74 - 47 - 47 484 39 2,849 149.95 15 - -
Sharks 2005 25 12 13 - 48% 6 - 24 60 2.40 - 78 - 78 660 52 3,920 156.80 - - -
Sharks 2006 18 8 10 - 44% 7 - 28 70 3.89 - 93 - 49 400 37 2,690 149.44 15 - -
Sharks 2007 19 9 10 - 47% 2 - 8 116 6.11 - 94 - 58 449 40 2,965 156.05 22 - -
Sharks 2008 20 13 7 - 65% 4 - 16 112 5.60 - 60 - 64 574 46 3,122 156.10 9 - -
Sharks 2009 16 2 14 - 12% 7 - 28 85 5.31 - 44 - 52 510 26 2,434 152.12 2 - -
Sharks 2010 23 7 16 - 30% 3 - 12 130 5.65 - 59 - 67 803 51 4,073 177.09 17 - -
Sharks 2011 20 6 14 - 30% 6 - 24 125 6.25 - 75 - 48 516 25 3,674 183.70 36 - -
Sharks 2012 16 8 8 - 50% 3 - 12 17 1.06 - 63 - 52 433 24 3,104 194.00 6 - -
Sharks 2013 16 8 8 - 50% 2 - 8 35 2.16 - 41 1,115 36 480 20 3,173 198.33 413 588 36.0
Sharks 2014 9 2 7 - 22% 2 - 8 16 1.81 - 30 586 25 289 19 1,635 181.72 52 464 51.0
Sharks 2015 18 11 7 - 61% 1 - 4 28 1.57 - 29 1,434 38 608 32 3,886 215.94 282 1,080 60.0
Sharks 2016 20 16 3 1 80% 4 - 16 - - - 37 1,122 31 599 26 3,503 175.18 338 1,100 55.0
Sharks 2017 25 15 10 - 60% 3 - 12 30 1.21 - 57 1,727 53 814 31 4,583 183.33 302 1,486 59.0
Sharks 2018 22 13 9 - 59% 1 - 4 2 0.10 - 34 1,152 22 656 36 3,052 138.75 222 1,005 45.0
Sharks 2019 22 12 10 - 55% 1 2 9 - - 100.00% 24 957 11 599 40 2,786 126.00 62 871 39.6

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Sharks 2001 2019 348 173 174 1 50% 63 2 257 956 2.75 100.00% 893 8,086 772 9,691 597 55,342 159.00 1,796 6,872 52.1

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