NRL 2018 finals: Late mail for preliminary finals, Paul Gallen, Sharks v Storm, Rabbitohs v Roosters


CRONULLA veteran Paul Gallen has been ruled out of Friday’s NRL preliminary final with Melbourne at AAMI Park due to a shoulder injury.

Despite Sharks coach Shane Flanagan saying the inspirational forward will be given until match day to prove his fitness for the grand final qualifier, the club confirmed his withdrawal late Thursday afternoon.

“After receiving treatment upon arrival in Melbourne and following further assessment by club medical staff, the early call was made to rule him out of match,” a club statement read.

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“While the improvement in the condition of his shoulder had been considerable over the past few days, the Friday kickoff to the prelim final will come too soon for the Sharks skipper.

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