Stade Francais

Rugby U


Tonight's teams: Gloucester: Marshall, Sharples, Scott, Atkinson, May, Burns, Heinz, Hochneck, Hibbard, Afoa, Savage, Thrush, Moriarity, Ludlow, Morgan Stade Francais: Bonneval, Nayacalevu, Doumayrou, Danty, Camara, Plisson, Genia, Van Der Merwe, Bonfils, Slimani, Pyle, Gabrillagues, Burban, Ross, Parisse


Evening everyone, it's European Finals Weekend, Murrayfield the venue for the Champions Cup Final tomorrow and for the Challenge Cup Final tonight, Gloucester and Stade Francais are our finalists, Rob Sutton your man to talk you through the action.

Two teams tonight who have faced much adversity this season, Gloucester have been hugely inconsistent in the Premiership but have stormed through to the Final with a stunning win away in La Rochelle in the semi final. Stade Francais were fighting for their future earlier in the season but have knocked out Ospreys and Bath to make Murrayfield tonight.

Gloucester have the history behind them to win this, they picked up this trophy in 2015 and 2006, Stade Francais have appeared in four European finals and lost the lot.

Not exactly a full house at Murrayfield but one side is pretty much full so a decent crowd considering it's a Friday night and neither Gloucester or Paris is close to Edinburgh.

Here come the teams then out onto the Murrayfield turf with a fire show.

John Lacey from Ireland our referee... good luck everyone with him in charge. The 2017 Challenge Cup Final, Gloucester in cherry and white, Stade Francais in pink and blue, off we go.

1- Tricky conditions tonight with rain falling and a wind swirling, plenty of kicking early on.

4- The kick battle continues but a little too deep from Burns means Stade are able to get a 22m drop-out.

7- Jonathan Ross (not that one) with a line break for Stade Francais, takes them into the 22, but the pass from Plisson to Slimani goes forward.