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Sport Roosters v Rabbitohs: NRL debuts hilarious cardboard cutout fan initiative at Bankwest Stadium

15:21  29 may  2020
15:21  29 may  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The NRL has been crash testing a number of different innovations to fill the void left by crowd-less stadiums, with their latest creation being cardboard cutout fans.

The League has given fans the chance to purchase $22 cutouts of themselves, with Friday night's blockbuster between rivals the Roosters and Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium the first to feature the hilarious initiative.

It's just another way the NRL is aiming to bring fans closer to the game with limitations on crowds still in place, after artificial crowd noise was also debuted in the season re-opener between the Eels and Broncos.

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The crowd noise which featured on top of Fox League and Channel Nine's broadcast gained the thumbs up from footy fans, and it appears the response cardboard fan idea has been equally positive.

The NRL will be played out of six venues until at least round nine, with each fans' cut out to be placed inside their respective team's home ground.

The cardboard cutout initiative can be expected to be rolled out across all venues over the rest of the weekend and in coming weeks.

Fans won't be able to enter the gates for the foreseeable future under the nation-wide social distancing measures still in place. Although, ARLC chairman has ambitiously earmarked capped crowds being introduced to games from July 1st.

While the NRL faces a major financial challenge with no crowds, the game's return from coronavirus stand down was met by record-breaking TV ratings for the Eels' 34-6 win over Brisbane on Thursday.

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