15 May 2019

McIlorum prepared to win at all costs

Micky McIlorum will face his old side Wigan Warriors at Camp Nou.

Catalans Dragons host Micky McIlorum’s former side Wigan Warriors at the home of Barcelona FC, Camp Nou. 

Camp Nou, one of the most iconic stadiums in the world has played host to some of the greatest football players the world has ever seen; Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and currently Lionel Messi.  

On Saturday, the 2018 Challenge Cup winners will host the 2018 Super League Grand Final winners, the best versus best.   

It will be special occasion for Dragons’ hooker McIlorum, who’ll be facing his old side: “I’m looking forward to playing at a prestigious ground like Camp Nou, it’s going to be great especially against Wigan. 

“They’ve not been doing too well at the beginning of the season; they’ve grounded out a couple of wins over the past few weeks. 

“On Sunday against Warrington, I thought they were the better team and unlucky to come away with a loss.” 

With the Catalans having already passed 20,000 ticket sales and Wigan expected to take 5,000 fans, the current Super League record crowd of 25,004 set for the derby between Wigan and St Helens at the DW Stadium in 2005 is sure to fall.

“There’s been quite a big build up to it, it seems like it’s a win at all costs game. 

“The Catalan people and the Catalan region is a very proud region. I think everyone is excited and since it’s been announced it’s been the talk of the town. 

“It’s great to play at these big venues, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said McIlorum. 

If you can’t get to Barcelona, the game will be live on Sky Sports! 


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