Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara says it’s up to the players of both clubs to produce a game to remember this weekend at FC Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium.
The Challenge Cup holders take on Super League champions Wigan at the iconic ground on Saturday, putting rugby league on centre stage in front of what Super League are hoping with be a record crowd for the competition.
With the undoubted exposure the Nou Camp will bring to the game across the world, McNamara challenged his players to produce more than just a game, but an event to remember.
“For us as coaches and players, it’s not just about turning up there and playing the game, it’s about putting a spectacle on,” he said.
“It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both ourselves and Wigan. The Nou Camp is iconic throughout the world and if you are from the Catalan region it’s even more special.
“I’m sure there will be international recognition from Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world and it’s about maximising that publicity for our game.”