Dave Pearson (England) has been appointed to referee the Heineken Cup play-off match between Newport Gwent Dragons and Overmach Rugby Parma.

The winner of the play-off – which will be televised live by Sky Sports, S4C and Sky Italia – will claim the 24th and final place in next season’s Heineken Cup tournament.

The match kicks-off at 7.45 pm at Rodney Parade on Friday, 2 June.

Newport Gwent Dragons earned the play-off place as they were the highest finishers from the Irish, Scottish and Welsh teams in the 2005 / 2006 Celtic League who failed to automatically qualify for European club rugby’s premier competition.

Overmach Rugby Parma were the highest placed Super 10 team of the unsuccessful Italian semi-finalists.  A year ago Cardiff Blues qualified for the 2005 / 2006 Heineken Cup by beating Viadana 38-9 in Brescia.

The touch judges at Rodney Parade will be fellow English officials Chris White and Andrew Pearce with Geoff Warren the TMO (television match official).

Heineken Cup Schedule 2006 / 2007

ROUND 1: 20 / 21 / 22 October, 2006
ROUND 2: 27 / 28 / 29 October, 2006
ROUND 3: 8 / 9 / 10 December, 2006
ROUND 4: 15 / 16 / 17 December, 2006
ROUND 5: 12 / 13 / 14 January, 2007
ROUND 6: 19 / 20 / 21 January, 2007 


QUARTER-FINALS: 30 / 31 March / 1 April, 2007


SEMI-FINALS: 20 / 21 / 22 April, 2007 


LONDON ’07 HEINEKEN CUP FINAL:  19 / 20 May, 2007