The NRL has introduced its own cardboard cut-out fan initiative called ‘Fan in the Stand’ and it appears like a number of AFL clubs are 100% paying attention.

Fans can upload an image of themselves, which will then be printed-out and positioned at their preferred team’s home stadium.

” Assistance your NRL group even at video games that are behind closed doors,” the website reads.

” The NRL are providing fans the opportunity to still take their seat within the stands and ‘view’ their group play.”

The weatherproof and recyclable cut-outs cost $22 and will be trialled at Bankwest and Central Coast arenas this weekend.

German soccer group Borussia Monchengladbach positioned 12,000 cardboard cut-outs of supporters in its 54,000-capacity stadium for a Bundesliga match last weekend … The NRL season continues tonight with the Cowboys handling the Titans, and a Sydney clash with the Rabbitohs handling the Roosters.