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Exeter boss Rob Baxter fears rugby stars have been 'hung out to dry' after Premiership told clubs to come up with their OWN Black Lives Matter tributes ahead of this weekend's return - with some set to form a 'V' or circle instead of taking a knee Clubs have been told to come up with their own Black Lives Matter tributes  Exeter Chiefs director Rob Baxter fears players have been hung out to dry  Harlequins, Leicester and Wasps players will take a knee before kick-off  Gloucester and Worcester will form a V while Northampton form a circle

By Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:31 BST, 12 August 2020 | Updated: 23:54 BST, 12 August 2020

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England's top rugby coach is worried players have been 'hung out to dry' by Premiership bosses after clubs were told to come up with their own pre-match tributes to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Unlike in football and cricket - where all players take a knee as a symbolic mark of respect before play - rugby's response this weekend will be a hodge-podge of approaches.

Players from Harlequins, Leicester and Wasps will take a knee but there is not a uniform approach, with other clubs choosing to gather in huddles, heart shapes or to wear anti-racism T-shirts.

Exeter's director of rugby Rob Baxter is worried players have been hung out to dry by bosses

And Rob Baxter, director of rugby at Exeter Chiefs, is concerned that by not coming up with a uniform decision, Premiership Rugby have placed a heavy burden on players.

'I am a little surprised that Premiership Rugby went this way,' said Baxter who now thinks players will be singled out depending on what they do this weekend.

'Just dropping it on clubs and saying "there you go, do what you like" is like hanging some players out to dry.

'I don't know how much positive press players will get if they have a different opinion, which is something we should embrace.'

Premiership Rugby conducted a Zoom call with club owners, coaches and others on Tuesday where it is understood many expressed frustrations the league had not made the decision.

Leicester are one of the clubs that will take a knee but there is not a uniform approach

Leicester are one of the clubs that will take a knee but there is

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