A statue of rugby league legend Wally Lewis outside Brisbane's Lang Park was painted black early this morning in an apparent stunt by a New Zealand fan ahead of tonight's Bledisloe Cup match at the venue.
Police say security officers at the venue saw a man painting the bronze statue at about 4:15am.
The man ran off when he saw the security officers approaching. Police are currently investigating.
The stunt mirrors one before a State of Origin match this year, when the statue was painted blue.
Dubbed 'The King', Lewis captained Queensland at State of Origin level between 1981 and 1991 and was Australian captain from 1984 to 1989.
Tonight's Bledisloe Cup Test between Australia and New Zealand is the second game in the three-match series and Australia must avoid defeat to keep the series alive.