David Robbins: Forget rugby, we are in a fight for euro dominance
To most of the 55,000 or so spectators at Lansdowne Road tomorrow, the match between Ireland and France, it will be simply that: a rugby match.
Okay, an important rugby match. A Six Nations game in a World Cup year. A home fixture against the French. A chance to beat them and avenge decades of defeats.
But to those of us gifted with an ability to see the bigger, pan-European picture, it is much more than that. It is nothing less than a political, proto-military and socio-economic struggle for the future of the European project.