So only 1 round left in the Top 14 and 2 rounds for most in the Magners and Guinness Premiership and we've still some outstanding qualification issues for next seasons competition. This is the first season where the new changes from the ERC have come in, so England and France get 6 places each, Ireland and Wales have 3, while Italy and Scotland have 2. 5 of England's places are sorted with Leicester, Northampton, Saracens, Wasps and London Irish all secure in next seasons competition leaving Bath, Harlequins and Gloucester to fight it out for the last automatic spot. If Wasps win the Challenge Cup an extra spot will be granted to England meaning all but Worcester could theoretically qualify for next seasons competition. France's qualification is sorted as far as the 6 automatic places are concerned but there's a 3 way fight for 7th spot which could guarantee qualification in the event of a French team winning either the Heineken Cup or the Amlin Challenge Cup this season. As for the Magners League both Scottish sides qualify regardless of league position, the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and the Dragons are all safely through following this weekend's action, while Leinster and Munster had already booked 2 of the 3 Irish spots, leaving Ulster and Connacht to battle it out for the 3rd place. Italy will be represented by Treviso and Aironi Rugby. Here's where the what ifs come in. If Toulon win the Amlin Challenge Cup then France will get a 7th spot, the same would apply were Toulouse or Biarritz to win the Heineken Cup. If 2 French sides win both competitions then Gloucester would qualify as the highest team in the ERC rankings that hasn't yet qualified by right. We'd have the same outcome if 2 Irish provinces win in May. An Irish win in either competition guarantees 4 spots for next season. The only way now for the Scarlets to qualify is if the Blues win the Challenge Cup, although given they're away to Wasps in the semi-final, that's no easy task. Right I'd better quit while I'm ahead or I'll start confusing myself.