COLOUR -  PHOTO: SCOTT DAVIS - SMPIMAGES.COM - QUEENSLAND V NEW SOUTH WALES, 09th JULY 2014 - Colour photos from game 3 of the 2014 State of Origin series, being played at Suncorp Stadium between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. This image is for Editorial Use Only. Any further use or individual sale of the image must be cleared by application to the Manager Sports Media Publishing (SMP Images).

The Queensland Rugby League are expanding the Maroons family with the launch of our new fan campaign – 18th Man.

The brainchild of record-breaking XXXX Queensland Maroons coach Mal Meninga – this new concept will see all our fans, supporters and Maroon Members unite under the one umbrella during State of Origin time.

The passion of Queensland fans is legendary; so much so – Meninga thought it was only fitting to have them included as an extra member of the team.

“Every time we play, every time we run onto the field for an Origin match, all our fans are our 18th Man,” Meninga said.

“They sit on the bench, sit on the sidelines and cheer for us and they cheer at the right times and stick with us through the tough times.

“Origin is a unique time of year, it is a special time for everybody, not only our players; but for our fans in the state of Queensland.

“If you are an 18th Man, you are helping the team, you are with the team and you are supporting the team in their quest to win the series.

“It is recognising the fans.”

While all fans will now come under the one banner – you can still select your level of commitment as there is something to suit everyone. It is easy for every Maroon fan to become our 18th Man.

18th Man includes:

  • Fans who are Members (Ticketed, Non-Ticketed, Pet and Baby)
  • Fans who attend home or away games
  • Fans who wear maroon with pride
  • Fans who are the grassroots of the game (players / volunteers)

Just in time for Game I this Wednesday, all our away supporters in 2015 who have bought into the dedicated Maroons bays in both Sydney and Melbourne will receive an 18th Man supporters’ shirt and wig.

There is no doubt the Maroons team will embrace the support in Sydney of the fans who show their colours while in enemy territory.

As new partners of the Queensland Rugby League; Jupiters Hotel & Casino and Treasury Casino & Hotel have provided a further boost for fans by becoming the major partner for 18th Man.

A range of exciting initiatives and activations at the two properties will be announced shortly to drive an even closer bond between the Maroons and their fans.

Do more than get behind your Maroons – join the team and be our 18th Man.