The top four clubs who have not already secured their spot in Europe will take part in a competition called the Zurich Wildcard. There are two single-leg semi-finals with a final on Saturday 14th May, kick-off 13:00.
The Heineken Cup is the ultimate European competition and offers the clubs the chance to play against the finest clubs from England, Ireland, France, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
The four clubs playing in the Zurich Wildcard are seeded according to where they finish in the Premiership table. The higher the seed, the stronger chance at reaching the final.
It could get complicated however, as a club can only qualify for Europe on one count, so if a club qualifies on more than one count it takes the higher seeded position.
Premiership Clubs will qualify for a place in the Heineken Cup (and be ranked) in the following order for the 2005/06 season based on results in the 2004/05 season:
1. Zurich Premiership Final Winner2. Zurich Premiership Final Runner Up3. Zurich Premiership Semi final Runner Up4. European Challenge Cup Winner5. Zurich Wildcard Winner6. Powergen Cup Winner—————————————————7. Zurich Premiership fourth place8. Zurich Premiership fifth place If an English club wins the Heineken Cup then they become the top seed and the other rankings will move down one place accordingly.