Scotland centre Matt Scott starts for Gloucester in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final this Friday night against Stade Francais at BT Murrayfield.

Fellow Scotland man Greig Laidlaw, who has been called up to the British & Irish Lions squad, is on the bench for the English outfit.

Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys said: “With a Cup final, there’s not a huge amount of motivation required, everybody knows how important this game is for the club.

“Everybody knows that, while we’ve got to win this weekend, we’ve also the opportunity still to get Gloucester back into the Champions Cup.

“First and foremost, though, it’s been about getting ready to face the challenge that Stade Francais will bring and the quality of player that they have.

“Players, throughout their careers, don’t always get many opportunities to play in Cup Finals. When it comes along, you’ve got to make sure you’re in the best place you can to win.”

Gloucester: 15. Tom Marshall; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Matt Scott, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Jonny May; 10. Billy Burns, 9. Willi Heinz (C); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. John Afoa; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Jeremy Thrush; 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morga. Subs: 16. Darren Dawidiuk, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Paddy McAllister, 19. Mariano Galarza, 20. Freddie Clarke, 21. Greig Laidlaw, 22. Billy Twelvetrees, 23. Henry Trinder.

Stade Français: Hugo Bonneval; Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Jonathan Danty, Djibril Camara; Jules Plisson, Will Genia; Heinke Van der Merwe, Remi Bonfils, Rabah Slimani, Hugh Pyle, Paul Gabrillagues, Antoine Burban, Jonathan Ross, Sergio Parisse (C). Subs: Laurent Panis, Zurabi Zhvania, Paul Alo Emile, Willem Alberts, Raphael Lakafia, Julien Dupuy, Morné Steyn, Jérémy Sinzelle

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