Dave Attwood returns from injury layoff for Bath against Stade Francais

Bath's Anthony Watson (L) and Jonathan Joseph celebrate after scoring a try. David Rogers/Getty Images

Aviva Premiership side Bath can call upon their British & Irish Lions trio for their European Rugby Challenge Cup semifinal against Top 14 side Stade Francais in Paris.

Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph and Taulupe Faletau are joined by English international fly-half George Ford, who will feel like he has a point to prove after his exclusion from Warren Gatland's Lions squad selection, announced on Wednesday.

Second row Dave Attwood makes his long-awaited return from injury after four months out with a knee injury while the backline is settled with Anthony Watson at fullback, Semesa Rokoduguni and Matt Banahan on the wing and Jonathan Joseph and Ben Tapuai at centre.

Italian captain Sergio Parisse leads a strong Stade Francaise side who will look to their halfback partnership of Jules Plisson and Will Genia to ignite a backline that has them within three points of a playoff spot in the Top 14.

Stade Français Paris:

Hugo Bonneval; Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Jonathan Danty, Djibril Camara; Jules Plisson, Will Genia; Zurabi Zhvania, Laurent Panis, Rabah Slimani, Hugh Pyle, Paul Gabrillagues, Antoine Burban, Sylvain Nicolas, Sergio Parisse (c).

Replacements: Craig Burden, Heinke Van der Merwe, Paul Alo Emile, Pascal Papé, Jonathan Ross, Julien Dupuy, Morné Steyn, Julien Arias

Bath Rugby:

Anthony Watson; Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Tapuai, Matt Banahan; George Ford, Kahn Fotuali'i; Nathan Catt, Ross Batty, Kane Palma Newport, Luke Charteris, David Attwood, Tom Ellis, Francois Louw (c), Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Nathan Charles, Beno Obano , Shaun Knight, Elliott Stooke, Matt Garvey, Chris Cook, Rhys Priestland, Robbie Fruean