Queensland's State of Origin team and legends of the game will arrive in Bundaberg on June 1 for the Maroons Fan Day and street parade.
Queensland Rugby League announced the annual Queensland Maroons Fan Day will take place in the region, where the Maroons have a strong connection.
Felise Kaufusi and Mal Meninga are among a prominent list of current and former stars to have played junior footy in Bundaberg.
The latest Bundaberg junior to crack the NRL is young hooker Ben Marschke, who made his debut for the Sydney Roosters this month.
The June 1 visit by the 2021 Maroons adds another chapter to the QRL’s proud history of taking fan days to regional Queensland.
There will be free entry to the Bundaberg Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre from 9am, giving footy supporters a chance to meet their favourite Maroons players.
Throughout the day, a number of events and activities will be accessible for fans, including a chance to:
- watch the Maroons street parade mid-morning
- access free rides and face painting for the whole family
- enjoy entertainment from the Today Show and live musicians
- purchase Maroons merchandise and apparel
- be a part of the Auswide Bank community activation
All fans will need to register their attendance, as part of the event’s COVID-Safe plan to ensure the health and safety of all players and fans.
Maroons coach Paul Green emphasised the importance of regional fans and the impact they have on the team and staff.
“We can’t wait to get to Bundaberg and visit such a proud and passionate rugby league region,” Green said.
“Everyone involved with the Maroons loves the chance to give back to local communities who continue to provide so much support.”
The QRL would like to acknowledge the Bundaberg Regional Council and the team at Auswide Bank for supporting the visit to Bundaberg.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was a great opportunity for local fans to meet some of their heroes and share the State of Origin experience.
“I encourage everyone who loves rugby league to show their support for the mighty Maroons,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Bundaberg and the Maroons are the two best-known and most iconic Queensland brands.
“I hope everyone who is able to get along does so to give the team a fantastic Bundaberg welcome.”
While in Bundaberg, the Maroons players will be participating in a range of community activities, supported by Auswide Bank.
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