Staging Catalans against Wigan at Barcelona’s Nou Camp is a major boost for Super League – and I think they should follow that up by staging a Magic Weekend there.
This is an incredible opportunity for the sport, and a great gesture by Barcelona to offer to host the game.
If I was still playing I’d have been counting down the days until the match, it would be like a cup final for me.
The players will rise to the occasion, and even somebody like Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin, who has been there and done it all, will relish the chance of playing at this iconic sporting venue.
Running out at Wembley or Old Trafford is a great thing, but you know that every year you get the opportunity to play for that.
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The Nou Camp could be a one-off – although I’d like to see Super League go back and take a Magic Weekend there.
I understand there is a cost implication for supporters, so we need to give them enough time to save for what would be a brilliant trip.
If you said now that Magic Weekend was going to be there in 2022 and set the date in stone, it gives people a realistic chance of attending.
We’ve seen in Australia last weekend how the NRL took to the Magic Weekend in the first one over there – it’s a concept that works, and we’ve got one at Anfield to look forward to in seven days’ time.
Barcelona is a wonderful city steeped in history and they love their sport there – I think Magic Weekend would be a perfect fit.
Hopefully today will be a good game on the field and that will entice people who haven’t been before to get along and watch Catalans regularly.
The Dragons and Wigan have been difficult to predict this season – when they play at the top of their games both are good enough to win silverware.
But we haven’t seen those 9/10 performances enough times this season from either side, and that’s the reason they are where they are.
I just hope that wonderful Wigan and marvellous Catalans turn up – if they do we’ll have a hell of a game.
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