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Footy fans who snapped up a Brisbane Broncos official calendar for themselves or a loved one’s Christmas present are the proud owners of a piece of merchandise the club wishes it could take back.
In an embarrassing turn of events for the team, the calendar features representative utility Kurt Capewell prominently on the cover – even though he has signed for the New Zealand Warriors for next season.
Despite surrendering the 2023 NRL grand final to the Penrith Panthers in a Nathan Cleary masterclass, the Broncos brand remains as strong as ever.
Several supply companies have listed the Broncos calendar as ‘out of stock’, meaning there are thousands of the Capewell edition being wrapped up this Christmas.
Broncos forward/centre Kurt Capewell is on the cover of the official calendar despite leaving the club ahead of the 2024 season
The official calendar features Capewell (left), Pat Carrigan, Adam Reynolds and Reece Walsh
The Queensland representative (pictured right, celebrating a try in the 2021 Origin series) has been signed by the New Zealand Warrriors effective immediately
‘Quick fix putting [Broncos forward Brendan] Piakura’s head on there. Would get by with that,’ suggested one fan.
‘Someone should photoshop a Warriors jumper on Capewell,’ another helpfully suggested.
‘I wonder if Reynolds will make it to season kickoff?’ asked another.
One fan even had a cheeky swipe at the Broncos calendar following their Grand final performance.
‘It only lasts until September. Goes missing for the last quarter,’ they posted.
NRL calendars are shot earlier in the year to allow time for design, development and distribution which means late roster changes can often cause gaffes like this.
The St. George Illawarra Dragons calendar features Jayden Sullivan, who has signed to play for Wests Tigers in 2024, along with Zane Musgrove who has moved to the English Super League.
The Manly Sea Eagles calendar includes Sean Keppie, who has signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs until 2026.
Former St George Illawarra Dragons halfback Jayden Sullivan also features on the team’s calendar despite signing for Wests Tigers
Sean Keppie, left, has swapped the rainbow jersey at Manly for the cardinal and myrtle of South Sydney
Capewell, a Queensland representative, met with Warriors coach Andrew Webster last month in Auckland and has a prior relationship with him from his two seasons at Penrith where he won the 2021 NRL title.
Capewell has played 139 NRL games for Cronulla, the Panthers and Broncos.
‘Kurt is a winner with tremendous passion and a terrific work ethic,’ Webster said.
‘I thoroughly enjoyed working with him when we were both at Penrith and I know from that experience that he’ll add so much to our squad and to the club in an overall sense.’
Brisbane coach Kevin Walters said Capewell had been instrumental in taking the Broncos from outside the top eight to the NRL grand final.
‘He has made a big impact at our club in a short period of time since joining in 2021 and we wish him well,’ Walters said.