EXCLUSIVE: Queensland’s huge change to iconic State of Origin jersey ahead of game two as they DUMP beer sponsor XXXX for a touching tribute to junior footy clubs: ‘Mad’
- Queensland Maroons will ditch XXXX as one of the sleeve sponsors for Origin II
- Selwyn Cobbo’s uncle says postcodes of junior footy clubs will replace the logo
- NSW star Payne Haas has spoken of his desire to remove booze and betting logos
The beer brand will make way on the sleeve for a unique postcode for each player representing the area where their junior footy club is located.
A representative from Queensland Rugby League confirmed the development with Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
‘4605 will replace XXXX on one of the sleeves. Each player will have the Post Code of their Jnr Club on the sleeve. Mad,’ his uncle shared on Facebook.
It’s understood the logo will remain on other parts of the Maroons kit.
Selwyn Cobbo is from the renowned Queensland rugby league nursery of Cherbourg, north-west of Brisbane. His junior clubs were the Cherbourg Hornets and Gympie Devils.
Queensland will reportedly replace the XXXX logo from jersey sleeves in Game Two of State of Origin next Sunday
NSW star Payne Haas revealed earlier this month that he wishes to follow in Sonny Bill Williams’s footsteps and ask for the logos of betting and drinking firms removed from his jerseys.
Back in 2017, the Kiwi star was given permission to cover up a banking sponsor on his Auckland Blues rugby shirt as his Islamic faith forbids financial institutions charging interest and fees on loans.
The booze brand has long been associated with the Maroons team over the years
Selwyn Cobbo’s uncle claims that the logo will be replaced by the postcode of each player’s respective junior footy club
And the Broncos prop says he is keen to follow in the Kiwi’s footsteps.
No conversations have been held with the NSWRL over the possibility of covering up brand logos which are not agreeable to Islam, but it is a subject he wishes to discuss.
‘There is going to be a time when I’m going to align with it and I want to be a leader for Islam and for Muslims,’ Haas told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘Hopefully I can do that one day, inshallah, God willing and can be at the forefront of that, the way Sonny is at the moment.’
NSW and Broncos star Payne Haas (pictured second from right), recently revealed he wants to discuss removing booze and gambling logos from his jerseys as they do not sit well with his Islamic faith
Brisbane have been associated with beer firm XXXX for some time but Haas did not single out the brand when detailing how alcohol and betting companies ‘destroy lives’.
‘Obviously I want to help people. I’ve seen it happen to them with that kind of stuff [alcohol and drugs], destroying people’s lives and families. I won’t shy away from that, I’ve seen it happen to some friends and family members. It’s something I’m pretty passionate about.
‘If I get everything in order in my life, I want to be a leader in that way as well.’