Queensland DITCH XXXX beer sponsor on state of origin NSW jersey for junior football club postcodes
EXCLUSIVE: Queensland’s massive 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 dump XXXX as one of the sleeve sponsors for Origin II
- Selwyn Cobbo’s uncle says junior football club zip codes will replace logo
- NSW star Payne Haas has spoken out about his desire to remove booze and gambling logos
Queensland will ditch the iconic XXXX brand for the upcoming State of Origin clash against NSW in a drastic change for the Maroons, Selwyn Cobbo’s uncle has revealed.
The beer brand is giving way to a unique zip code for each player representing the area where their junior football club is located.
‘4605 replaces XXXX on one sleeve. Each player has their Jnr Club zip code on their sleeve. Crazy,” his uncle shared on Facebook.
Selwynn Cobbo hails from the renowned Queensland rugby club in Cherburg, northwest of Brisbane. His junior clubs were the Cherbourg Hornets and Gympie Devils.
A representative from the Queensland Rugby League confirmed the development with Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
Queensland will reportedly replace the XXXX jersey sleeve logo in Game Two of State of Origin next Sunday
NSW star Payne Haas revealed earlier this month that he wants to follow in the footsteps of Sonny Bill Williams and is asking for the logos of gambling and drinking companies removed from his jerseys.
Haas, 22, became Muslim in early 2019 and has plans to be a ‘leader for Islam’ through his rugby league exploits, such as former All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams.
In 2017, the Kiwi star was allowed to cover up a bank sponsor on his Auckland Blues rugby shirt because his Islamic faith prohibits financial institutions from charging interest and fees on loans.
The drink brand has long been associated with the Maroons team over the years
Selwyn Cobbo’s uncle claims the logo will be replaced with the zip code of each player’s respective junior football club
And the Broncos propeller says he’s eager to follow in the Kiwi’s footsteps.
There have been no discussions with the NSWRL about the possibility of hiding brand logos that are not in line with Islam, but it is a topic he wants to discuss.
“There will come a time when I will join it and I want to be a leader for Islam and for Muslims,” Haas told the newspaper. Sydney Morning Herald†
“Hopefully I can someday, inshallah, God willing and I can lead the way, like Sonny is now.”
NSW and Broncos star Payne Haas (pictured second from right), recently revealed that he wants to discuss removing drink and gambling logos from his jerseys because they don’t fit well with his Islamic faith
Brisbane has been associated with beer firm XXXX for some time, but Haas failed to mention the brand in the details of how alcohol and gambling companies are “destroying lives.”
‘Of course I want to help people. I’ve seen it happen to them with things like that [alcohol and drugs], destroying people’s lives and families. I won’t shy away from that, I’ve seen it happen to a few friends and relatives. It’s something I’m pretty passionate about.
“If I get everything in order in my life, I want to be a leader that way too.”