What a weekend is in store for Rugby fans and a climax to the European Rugby Competitions. The Cream of European Rugby with a splattering of world stars will be on show at the weekend with the European Challenge Cup final on Friday Night followed on Saturday afternoon by the European Champions Cup final. Both showpiece matches are to be played at the Home of Scottish Rugby that is Murrayfield.
The Continental Shield final between Enisey-STM Russia v Russia Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk will also take place on Saturday at 1200hrs at the Murrayfield complex. Both these teams will feature in the Challenge Cup next season.
European Rugby Challenge Cup final KO - 2000hrs 12 May
Gloucester Rugby V Stade Français
Three will be the magic number as Gloucester Rugby will be looking for their third Challenge Cup title while Stade Francais will be hoping for third time lucky after losing both their two previous final appearances.
Both teams have European pedigree and came through scathing semi-finals with Gloucester having ended La Rochelle's seasons Unbeaten home record in all competitions whilst Stade Français denied Bath Rugby what would have been West Country Final
This will be the eighth Anglo-French final to date, with history favouring The eEnglishclubs with the Aviva Premiership clubs having won five wins compared to the TOP 14’s two.
European Rugby Champions Cup final KO - 1700hrs 13 May
Clermont Auvergne V Saracens
The Final of the biggest club tournament in World Rugby will not be for the faint-hearted as Clermont Auvergne will endeavour to stop Saracens from retaining the title in this clash of heavyweights from both sides of the Channel.
France against England with Clermont Auvergne boasting a clutch of French Internationals - the half-back pairing of Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez, full back Scott Spedding, centre Aurelian Rougerie and captain Damian Chouly.
While Saracens boast multiple England Internationals past and present in their ranks including six of the British & Irish Lions squad heading to New Zealand in the summer - Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Billy with his brother Mako Vunipola and Jamie George. Brad Barritt and Chris Ashton - Leading try scorer in the history of the competition- having both been past regulars for England. They also have Scotland Internationals Sean Maitland, Duncan Taylor, Jim Hamilton and Kelly Brown who if gets onto the pitch will be playing his final match as a professional rugby player in the stadium where he led out Scotland so many times.
This game will be colossus but will it be the team from French Top 14 team or the English Aviva Premiership Champions who will reign supreme!
One thing for sure is that all eyes will be on Edinburgh this weekend
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