He said: “It’s a very exciting weekend. As a player, not only do you get to go away with your team-mates, but it’s also a very special occasion because it’s unique to world sport. I can’t think of another sport that does this.
“I know in Australian Rugby League they have double-headers, but to take all seven games to one venue is amazing. The whole concept is fantastic, and then you add on top of that the fact that it is based at a world-class stadium in one of the highest profile cities in the world.”
He added: “Most cities are used to football supporters, but Rugby League fans are something else. I can remember reading in the newspapers after the Murrayfield Challenge Cup Final in 2000 how wonderful Edinburgh found it that all these supporters of different clubs just got along together and had a great day.
“There are going to be 14 different sets of fans at the Magic Weekend and it becomes a genuine celebration of the sport. There are only two other occasions where domestic Rugby League reaches this pinnacle, and that’s at the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final and the Engage Super League Grand Final.”