The only reason I can guess why they had him there is because they wanted to see what sort of form he was in case they needed him to come in for an injury? But even that's pretty poor reasoning, if he's performing well then just include him from the start?
As bad as that was to watch (from an England perspective), I don't know if it's worth getting hysterical over this. Baring in mind that at the very least, it has been 2 months since some of these guys have played a competitive game of rugby. But then again, same applies to a lot of the French players as well. I'm HOPING that it's just a case of rust and that the French were just a bit more on the ball. »