ARTHUR Mourgue is a split personality ahead of the biggest match of his fledgling career – he is preparing to play either at full-back or hooker.
Whatever happens, he has eclipsed the heroes that inspired to even start playing rugby league, including Catalans’ assistant coach Thomas Bosc.
French starlet Mourgue has made a huge impact in the Dragons’ charge to the Grand Final, dazzling in the number one role while also impressing as an interchange number nine.
Now he is busy making sure he can occupy either role at Old Trafford, just in case new Steve Prescott Man of Steel Sam Tomkins does not make it.
Mourgue said: “I could come off the bench as a number nine but if Sam does not make it, I’ll be at one.
“They’re different roles but now I’m comfortable because I’ve played the positions over the season and I know what I have to do.
“I see myself as a half-back long-term but I’ve moved a lot of positions this year and it’s been important to move around and see different parts of the game. So I’ll be OK, anywhere.”
Mourgue developed in Catalans’ academy before bursting on to the Super League scene – it is likely he will face England for France on October 22.
That may see him go head-to-head with Tomkins as a full-back but the 22-year-old is already used to getting one over people he looks up to.
Just getting to the Grand Final is more than the players he idolised ever did – now to go one step further by winning at a stadium he has only seen on TV.
“When I was younger, I’d look at the likes of Thomas and Scott Dureau. Who were the main half-backs here, a club I always wanted to play for and at the highest level.
“Every time I saw Old Trafford on TV, I’d think, ‘I would be great if I play there one day.’ Now I have that chance, it’s crazy.”
Should Mourgue and Catalans go all the way, they will make it a double celebration for centre Dean Whare, who saw several friends win the NRL Grand Final with former club Penrith.
The Kiwi, who spent eight years at the Panthers, said: “I am close to several players there.
“So I'm happy for them and for the club, which really deserves it. I remain their number one supporter.”
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