Haimona was poor. He would have been a good inside centre or backrower but he was very limited as an outhalf, too slow a defender, and too poor a kicker. I think Sergio Parisse could have done a better job than him, and that's not actually a joke - Haimona looks like a backrower player at outhalf.
It's not like they're spoilt for talent, but they've plenty of good tightheads that are far better than Castrogiovanni, they've a few decent backrowers that could replace Bergamasco, they've some really good centres for Garcia (Morisi, Campagnaro for example), anyone really would do for McLean. Geldenhuys I suppose could be used as a backup, but he shouldn't be starting anyway. »
Why oh why didn't Brunel get rid of some of the dinosaurs holding Italy back? The last play here was a perfect example of why Castrogiovanni shouldn't be going to the world cup - he's simpy not good enough and hasn't been good enough for the last five years. Same goes for Garcia, McLean, Geldenhuys and Mauro Bergamasco. »
I think the last time someone tripped me on purpose was when I was 15. It's just petty and isn't an understandable reaction brought on by too much aggression. Considering how it was dealt with, I'm sure Rayno will learn not be such a stupid child and won't be doing this again, so I'd say the yellow card was completely appropriate and warranted.
Considering that the French team were fined more than double that amount for coming a step too close to the precious haka, I'd say this fine is an absolute joke. I don't know how they could be so lenient - Paddy O'Brien isn't there to pull strings anymore.