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Maroons coach Mal Meninga poses with the new Queensland Origin jersey for 2014.

While it might not look quite the same as the one he pulled on in that inaugural State of Origin match in 1980, Mal Meninga believes there is a lot to like about the new Queensland Maroons jersey.

The innovative new jersey features a simple yet striking design which is dominated by one colour – the mighty maroon of Queensland.

"Same colour which is good, a bit of retro I would gather with the colouring … we haven't had a pure Maroon jersey in my stint with the team (as coach)," Meninga said.

"I put the Maroon jersey on in 1980 and looking at the colour of the jersey, it wouldn't hide the lumps and bumps these days – but it is a little different to the one from 1980.

"It's retro, but it's futuristic as well with all the chevrons and the fancy bits they get on the jersey these days to help ball control."

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